The Road to Success starts with an application to audition and a live performance in front of a panel of audition judges. After the panel selects five finalists and two alternates in each division, song selection enters the mix. Each finalist submits three songs for consideration for the Hoosier STAR Song Selection Committee to choose from. After music selections are approved, the singers prepare, the orchestra secures the music and the stage is set for an amazing evening hosted by a Master of Ceremonies along with on-stage commentary from celebrity judges which adds to the excitement of the evening.
Sheryl Edwards is a classically trained lyric soprano soloist and vocal coach and has performed with orchestras, theatrical groups and in operas throughout Northern Indiana. She appeared in John Hancock’s movie “The Looking Glass” as the Queen of Diamonds and has been an actress, as well as director of the La Porte Service League children’s plays for 30 years. She is a past President of this organization and in 2017 was recognized for League’s Most Service Hours distinction. She was trainer and manager of Benny Brook Stables, where she bred, raised, trained and showed American Saddlebred horses to numerous state, national and world championships. on boards and volunteered For several years, she modeled for Little House Fashions of La Porte. Sheryl was extremely honored to be named the One Region Outstanding Contributions Award recipient in 2014 for her involvement and service to the Northwest Indiana region in so many capacities. She has served for organizations such as La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, La Porte Hospital Foundation’s Holiday at the Pops, Worthy Women Recovery Home, Family Advocates (as a Court Appointed Special Advocate/CASA) and La Porte Little Theatre. In 2015, Sheryl performed as a dancer in La Porte County YMCA’s inaugural fundraising event, “Dancing Like a Star” and won the People’s Choice Award, the Judges’ Choice Award and the Big Bucks Award (personally raising over $16,000 for the event). A La Porte County Symphony Orchestra Volunteer of the Year recipient and past board member, Sheryl is most proud to have created and served as chairperson and audition judge for the incredible LCSO fundraising events, Hoosier STAR and Hoosier STAR of STARS. She currently serves as a Hoosier STAR consultant. She is the wife of Thomas H. Edwards, recently retired President and Chief Credit Officer of Horizon Bank and they have two children, Ashley and Matthew. Sheryl has a true passion for her family, the arts, animals and service to God and her community.
Scot has served in many capacities with Memorial Opera House both on and off stage. In 2006, he discovered the wealth of volunteer opportunities the Opera House offered, and worked primarily as an actor, stage manager and usher until 2012 when he stepped into the role of Box Office Manager. Six months later, he stepped into the position of Artistic Director, and in 2016 filled the role of Executive Director. Working in partnership with the leaders of Porter County and Memorial Opera House Foundation, staff and volunteers, Scot has helped establish quality, diversity and community engagement as core values of the Opera House. Scot has been privileged to serve with Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation (an organization that serves as a resource for theatres in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties); East Chicago Arts Initiative (The Unity Event, a collaboration of South Shore Orchestra, students, and professional and semi-professional performers); and Valparaiso’s Creative Council. Scot holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine and Performing Arts with a focus on Directing and Administration and is delighted to share an ever-growing skill set with colleagues, patrons, and all who walk through the doors of the historic Memorial Opera House.
Trevor McDonald, a young-influential Jazz Guitarist born and raised in La Porte. McDonald first
got his start in music, and performance when attending his local church, Agape Christian
Church, playing with the youth group band. With the help of his father Reed, Trevor was able to expand his play-ability and dexterity beyond his years. Within two years he was playing in the Sunday service right alongside his father. McDonald went on to play jazz in both his middle
(Kesling), and high school (LaPorte). By his junior year of High School, Trevor began giving
lessons at Roxy’s Music and began performing around the La Porte area. With his love of music escalating him to new places McDonald decided music was what he wanted to study in college. Now a Senior at Indiana University of South Bend for the Bachelor Arts of music. Trevor is now apart of two church bands, and a part of several jazz big bands/combos, and is even part of his own band. With a bright future ahead, McDonald intends to further his music to both education and performance for the rest of his life.