LCSO’s Hoosier Star auditions now set for July 11-12 at Bethany Lutheran Church



Joe Stewart, 2019 adult winner

Rebecca Lane, 2019 youth winner

The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra has rescheduled auditions for its 2020 Hoosier Star Competition.

Auditions will now be held at Bethany Lutheran Church, 102 G St., La Porte on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, July 12 from noon to 5 p.m. Slots for the Sunday time frame have already been filled, but audition times are still available for Saturday.

Strict social distancing guidelines will be followed throughout the weekend of auditions. Contestants will be given instructions to follow before entering the audition space.

Sponsored by Horizon Bank, NIPSCO, La Porte Hospital and V. Michael and Cherri Drayton, the annual event is open to amateur singers of all musical styles and ages. Vocalists can compete individually or as a duet.

Now in its 15th year, the Hoosier Star competition brings together amateur singers throughout Indiana and southwest Michigan to compete for recognition and cash prizes. Contestants are divided into two age groups: youth (17 years old and under on the day of auditioning) and adult (18 years old and over). 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 2020 Hoosier Star winner.

The 10 Hoosier Star finalists will perform along with members of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020.

Due to the pandemic, this event will be live-streamed on various media outlets to be announced at a later date, LCSO Executive Director Tim King said. On-line 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. Audience members will be able to text their votes. First and second place winners in the youth division will receive $1000 and $500, respectively. First and second place winners in the adult division will win $1,000 and $500, respectively.

Contestants are encouraged to pre-register for a guaranteed time slot. The registration fee for the audition is $20 per person or per duet. If a competitor would like to audition as a soloist and a duet, the competitor must submit two separate audition forms, including separate fees. Audition applications must be received by July 5, 2020 in order to be eligible and to receive a guaranteed time slot.

Walk-ins will not be available to audition this year.

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 form or rule form visit, contact or call 219-362-9020. Applicants will be notified of their assigned audition date and time within a week prior to the auditions.

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