Press release from LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra
Do you have that star quality? The LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra is looking for contestants for the 12th annual Hoosier STAR competition. Sponsored by Horizon Bank and NIPSCO, Hoosier STAR is open to amateur singers of all musical styles and age groups. Competitors in both the youth and adult categories can compete individually or as a duet.
Auditions will be held at the LaPorte Little Theatre, 218 A St., on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 26, from noon to 5 p.m.
Hoosier STAR is a statewide vocal competition with all proceeds benefiting the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra. This year the LCSO welcomes Cherri Blair Drayton as the Hoosier STAR chairperson.
The competition brings together amateur singers throughout the state and southwest Michigan to compete for recognition and cash prizes. Contestants are divided into two age groups: Youth – 17 years old and under; and Adult – 18 years old and over (at the time of auditions). Ten finalists, five in each age group, will advance to the final event and the chance to win monetary prizes along with the title of 2017 Hoosier STAR winner. (Duet performers will be considered as one finalist per each duet.)
The 10 finalists will perform along with the orchestra, conducted by Philip Bauman, on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the LaPorte Civic Auditorium. Audience members as well as a panel of judges will choose the final two winners in each age division based on that night’s performances.
First and second place in the Youth Division will receive $500 and $250 respectively. First and second place in the Adult Division will receive $1,000 and $500 respectively.
Registration forms can be found at www.hoosierstar.com. Contestants are encouraged to pre-register for a guaranteed time slot. The registration fee for the audition is $20 per person or duet. If a competitor would like to audition as a soloist and a duet, they must submit two separate audition forms, including separate fees. Audition applications must be postmarked by March 10 in order to receive a guaranteed time slot. Walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis during the audition dates.
Hoosier STAR is open to amateur soloists and duets only; no group performances may enter, and both competitors in a duet must be from the same age division. For auditions, applicants may provide their own accompanist, use a CD with no lead vocals, supply a digital mp3-capable device, or sing a Capella. A contestant of any age must be an amateur vocalist and must be a resident of the state of Indiana or southwest Michigan.
For more information and to download an audition or rule form, visit www.hoosierstar.com, email Hoosierstar@lcso.net or call 219-362-9020. Applicants will be notified of their assigned audition date and time within a week prior to the auditions.