La PORTE — The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra has chosed the 10 finalists (five children and five adults) for its annual Hoosier Star competition.

The 14th annual event will be held Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium in La Porte. The following finalists were chosen after winning a preliminary round this past March. 

Youth Division (17 and under)

Jamileh Cornejo - La Porte

Joseph Giuliani - La Porte

Rebecca Lane - Portage

Ella Moon - Crown Point

Raul Palma - La Porte

Adult Division (18 and older)

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!” Willis said.

The 2019 Hoosier Star competition is made possible with 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 Lincolnway, La Porte

La Porte Civic Auditorium, 1010 Ridge Street, 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 6:00 PM and the concert begins at 7:00 PM.

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