Child Health Partners
Box of Kindness
A&M Lawn Mowing
Making Sense of Investing
Ashley Ault is thrilled to be a finalist in this year’s Hoosier STAR. Starting her junior year at Oakland University in Rochester Michigan, Ashley is a dual major in Musical Theatre and Biology. Ashley is pursuing her passion of music and theatre and is grateful for every opportunity she has been given to perform. She is currently attending school on a Musical Theatre scholarship, and is performing in her first opera Suor Angelica in the winter. Ashley loves performing and looks forward to what the future has in store for her. She would like to thank her family for always being there, but more importantly, her parents for allowing her to pursue her dreams.
Rick Barnes, 54, has enjoyed singing for as long as he can remember. He has participated in school and church choirs. Some of his favorite memories are of friends and family gathering around his mother’s piano singing while she played Christmas carols. Much later in life, Rick rediscovered his public voice with the advent of karaoke. This gave him the confidence to first try out for Hoosier STAR in 2007. Since then, he has savored every opportunity to sing with the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra. Rick graduated from New Prairie High school and attended Indiana University at South Bend. He served honorably in the United States Air Force and has worked at Federal Express for nearly 25 years. Rick’s hobbies include golf, bowling, watching football and of course, singing.
Albert’s Diamond Jewelers
Dr. Mark & Judy Jacobi
Mr. & Mrs. Greg Stump
Musicals and singing were an enjoyable part of Tom Fife’s high school years at Bishop Noll Institute while growing up in East Chicago, Indiana. He then moved on to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Upon returning home, Tom joined local community theatres in Northwest Indiana and Chicago, performing in starring roles such as Tony in West Side Story and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technical Dreamcoat. In the mid 1980s, Tom moved to Chicago to begin his long time career in the hospitality industry. This journey has spanned over 30 years with his most memorable experience being the manager of the famous Chicago Pump Room. Residing in Crown Point, Indiana with his wife Laura of 23 years, they share their lives with children Megan, Elissa and Ryan. Never without a song, Tom serves as a cantor at St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, Indiana. According to Tom, “Like good food and wine, music brings happiness and enjoyment to those who partake of it. Singing will always be a part of my life.”
Jordan Gameon began singing in his eighth grade choir and performed several lead roles in Southridge High School’s annual musical productions. He was a member of the Southridge Concert Choir, president of the National Honor Society, participated in football and bowling and graduated as Salutatorian of the Southridge High School Class of 2008. Jordan attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on the Bernard “Bernie” Vonderschmitt Scholarship Award which is a full, four year scholarship. While at Rose-Hulman, he was Vice-President of the Rose Chorus, Founder and President of Rose-Hulman’s premier coed a cappella singing group, RHIThm, and a member of the Rose-Hulman Drama Club. He appeared in several RDC productions and was most notably cast in the Phantom of the Opera’s title role. Jordan began studying voice in June 2011 under Daniel Rodriguez, a former Hoosier STAR finalist. It was Dan who encouraged Jordan to audition for Hoosier STAR 2012. Jordan graduated in May of 2012 with a major in Electrical Engineering, Concentration in Power Systems and a minor in Music. He currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana and is a Test Engineer employed by BAE Systems. He plans to continue his pursuit of music through compositions, weekly voice lessons and community theatre.
Friends from Swithcboard
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Mei Yang Laue is originally from Guangzhou, China. She has a bachelor’s degree in Musicology from Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Her study in China involved learning varieties of Chinese cultural music and dances from the many different ethnicities. From 2002 to 2006 she worked part-time at Guangdong TV station as a folk singer, representing the different ethnic groups. From 2004 to 2009 she taught in the Music Department of South China Agricultural University. She moved to the United States in 2009 to work on her master’s degree. Her first year in the United States was spent in Chicago, studying English at Dominican University. While studying vocal performance at IUSB she met and married Sean Laue and they now reside in South Bend.
Elizabeth Schleicher is an emerging classical singer, originally from Columbus, Ohio. She holds degrees in vocal performance from Northwestern University and Otterbein University. Elizabeth is a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera chorus and has been seen in Lohengrin and Boris Godunov. Most recently, she was seen in the role of Julia with Chicago Folks Operetta and as the soprano soloist for the Schubert Mass in E-flat with Nicholas McGegan and the St. Louis Symphony. She has performed in several Union Avenue Opera productions and is a recent 2012 finalist of the Bella Voce award from The Bel Canto Foundation, a finalist in the National Society of Arts and Letters voice competition and a semi-finalist for the Irma Cooper Vocal Competition. Elizabeth has sung with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Grant Park Music Festival Chorus and is very excited to be appearing with the Hoosier STAR Orchestra. A resident of Granger, Elizabeth would like to thank her loving husband and family for all their support as she pursues her dream job.