Concert Performance – River Deep, Mountain High
Jenny Madrigal had a very busy senior year. After having the chance to perform with the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra in last year’s Hoosier STAR event, she went on to further pursue her music career. She auditioned for and was accepted into the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she will major in songwriting or performance. She also broke two swimming records in the 200m and 500m Freestyle at her high school in Northwest Indiana and for the third year, went to State Solo and Ensemble for voice and received a gold medal. She would like to thank the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra for giving her the chance to perform with them again!
Concert Performance – Time to Say Goodbye
Betsy Archer received her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of California at Irvine. She has performed as a soloist with many groups, including the Grand Rapids Symphony, Calvin College’s Oratorio Society, ‘Tis the Season Show Carolers in Los Angeles, the St. Joseph Pro Musica, and the Illiana Oratorio Society.
This spring, Betsy enjoyed returning to the musical stage as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Genesius Guild in Hammond, Indiana. This past summer, she was a soloist in Highland Park Performing Arts Group’s production of A Century of Music Under the Stars. In October she will be performing the role of Lily in The Secret Garden at 4th Street Theatre Guild in Chesterton. Betsy’s previous stage credits include Marian in The Music Man, Tseitel in Fiddler on the Roof, Casilda in The Gondoliers, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro.
Betsy holds a degree in music education from Grand Valley State University. She taught middle school choir and elementary music for Wayland Union Schools and was the worship leader for Common Ground Community Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She now lives in Munster, Indiana with her husband and their four children.
She was thrilled to win the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra’s Hoosier STAR Adult division last September, as well as to have been a featured soloist in their Pop Stars concert in April. She is thankful for the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, as it has opened doors for her musically. She loved the entire Hoosier STAR experience and especially thanks Philip and Lee Bauman, her sponsors – Leigh and Marcia Morris, and Sheryl Edwards for working with her. She is happy to be from Indiana and call herself a Hoosier!
1st – Jenny Madrigal
2nd – Selah Plotner
1st – Betsy Archer
2nd – Suzi Carpenter