La PORTE — The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, will present the 14th annual Hoosier Star competition on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the La Porte Civic Auditorium.

Ten finalists will be competing for the title of Hoosier Star after winning a preliminary round this past March. Hoosier Star is divided into two categories: Youth - 17 and under and Adult - 18 and older.

The finalists are:


Jamileh Cornejo - La Porte

Joseph Giuliani - La Porte

Rebecca Lane - Portage

Ella Moon - Crown Point

Raul Palma - La Porte


Laura Carns - Hebron

Billy Cox - Hobart

Clara Hooton - New Carlisle

Tim Hester - Wheatfield

Joseph Stewart - Michigan City

These 10 finalists will compete, in their division, for the title of 2019 Hoosier Star. The Adult winner receives $1,000. The Youth winner receives $500. Each finalist will sing a song of their choice with the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Alastair Willis.

“I am thrilled to be back collaborating with the LCSO and fantastic state-wide talent for this year’s Hoosier Star," said Willis.

The 2019 Hoosier Star competition is made possible with generous support from Horizon Bank, NIPSCO, La Porte Hospital and V. Michael and Cherri Drayton.

Tickets available online at or at one of our ticket outlets:

Roxy Music Shop, 1012 Lincoln Way, La Porte

La Porte Civic Auditorium, 1010 Ridge S., La Porte

La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau/Marquette Mall, 4072 S. Franklin St., Michigan City

Tickets: General Admission ($15) and Children 12 and Under ($5).

Indiana Deli, Ivy Tech, Little’s Chocolates and a cash bar will be available. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

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