LCSO announces judges for Sept. 12’s Hoosier Star event

The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra has announced the judges for next week’s Hoosier Star event, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. For the first time the event will be completely live-streamed and free to view on the following sites:

Hoosier Star Facebook
LCSO Facebook
LCSO Website
LCSO YouTube
WIMS 1420 Facebook.

Hoosier Star will also be broadcasted via AM 1420, 95.1 FM and 106.7 FM (simulcast).

Judging that evening will be:

Victoria Garrett

Victoria Garrett is currently the artist-in-residence and associate professor of music at Bethel University in Mishawaka, Ind. and has been a faculty member there for over 20 years. She made her New York solo debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall while a student in graduate school. She has appeared with the San Francisco Opera, the New York City Opera (beside Beverly Sills in many productions) and other companies around the United States. Many of Garrett’s students are currently appearing in opera houses and musical theaters across the United States and Europe.


Pastor Dewitt L. Jackson, Sr.

Superintendent Dewitt L. Jackson, Sr. is the pastor and founder of the Revival Center Church of God in Christ, in Michigan City, Ind. He attended Ball State University, in Muncie, Ind., where he studied business management. He currently serves under the leadership of Bishop B.A. Sanders, prelate of Indiana 2nd Jurisdiction, as an administrative assistant. In October 2004, Pastor Jackson organized a city-wide “March and Youth Rally” against violence for the youth in the community. He has also been involved in a prison outreach ministry. He is the host of “The Revival Center Hour” broadcast on local radio station WEFM 95.9FM and Facebook live, every Sunday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. in Michigan City. He is the founder of the Women of Purpose & Power Mass Choir and has written a few songs, including “Jesus Is Lord” and “Help Me Lift Him Up.”


Philip Potempa

Philip Potempa is the marketing director at Theatre at the Center, in Munster, Ind.  A number of his featured stories have appeared in The Post-Tribune and the Chicago Tribune’s newspaper chain, as well as at Audiences also know Philip from his “From the Farm” stage cooking shows and his NWI charity performance of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. He is the author of four published books chronicling stories, interviews, recipes and memories from his personal and professional experiences. He is an adjunct instructor in communication at both Valparaiso University and Purdue University Northwest.

At the Sept. 12 event, each finalist will sing a song of his/her choice, accompanied by musicians from the symphony orchestra under the direction of Maestro Alastair Willis. First place adult and youth winners will receive a $1,000 prize; second place adult and youth winners will receive a $500 prize.

Voting will take place during the competition; those wishing to vote can do so by going to There is a $10 donation per vote.

V. Michael & Cherri Drayton, Duneland Media, Horizon Bank, La Porte Hospital, and NIPSCO for are sponsoring this event.

More information about this and other offerings by the LCSO can be found by going to or

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