Sat, 07/11/2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

 Sponsored by Horizon Bank, NIPSCO, La Porte Hospital and V. Michael & Cherri Drayton, Hoosier Star is open to amateur singers of all musical styles and ages. Competitors can compete individually or as a duet. Auditions will be held at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 102 G Street, La Porte, IN, on Saturday, July 11, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT) and Sunday, July 12 from Noon - 5:00 PM (CDT).  Audition times are only available for Saturday, July 11. Strict social distancing guidelines will be followed throughout the weekend of auditions. Contestants will be given instructions to follow before entering the audition space.

The Hoosier Star competition brings together amateur singers throughout Indiana and Southwest Michigan to compete for recognition and cash prizes. Contestants are divided into two age groups: Youth - 17 years old and under; and Adult - 18 years old and over (at the time of auditions). Ten finalists, five in each age group, will advance to the final event and the chance to win monetary prizes along with the title of 2020 Hoosier Star winner. 

The ten Hoosier Star finalists will perform along with members of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Due to the pandemic, this event will be live streamed on various media outlets to be announced. Our on-line audience members, as well as a panel of judges, will choose the final two winners in each age division based on that night’s performances. Audience members will be able to text their votes. First and second place in the Youth Division will received $1000 and $500 respectively. First and second place winners in the Adult Division will win $1,000 and $500 respectively.

Audition forms can be found at Contestants are encouraged to pre-register for a guaranteed time slot. The registration fee for the audition is $20 per person or duet. If a competitor would like to audition as a soloist and a duet, the competitor must submit two separate audition forms, including separate fees. Audition applications must be received by July 5 in order to be eligible and to receive a guaranteed time slot. Walk-ins will not be available to audition this year.

Hoosier Star is open to amateur soloists and duets only; no group performances may enter, and both competitors in a duet must be from the same age division. For auditions, applicants may provide their own accompanist, use a CD with no lead vocals, supply a digital mp3-capable device, or sing a capella. A contestant of any age must be an amateur vocalist and must be a resident of the state of Indiana or Southwest Michigan. For more information and to download an audition or rule form please visit, or contact or call 219-362-9020. Applicants will be notified of their assigned audition date and time within a week prior to the auditions.


Rebecca Lane | 2019 Youth Winner


Joe Stewart | 2019 Adult Winner






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