Hoosier Star 2021 Audition Judges
Auditions will take place at La Porte Bethany Lutheran Church.
S. Diane Perigo is a proud—born and raised—resident of Lowell, Indiana. She is employed at School City of Hobart, as well as a voice and piano instructor at Music of Oz Studios in Crown Point. Diane and Gary, her husband of 21 years, have been blessed with three children: Larry (19), Katherine (14), and Elizabeth (14). Her family is at the core of Diane’s heart and motivation. She is devoted to her life as a mom, watching her kids excel at their favorite activities. In addition to her lifelong love of music, Diane enjoys spending time outdoors, playing volleyball, and getting her hands dirty working on household projects.
Music has played a major role in Diane’s world throughout her life, and not much time passes between occasions to sing. She studied voice with Rebecca Osborn of Music of Oz Studios, and Joe Evan Burt of Northwestern University. In addition to several community theatre productions, Diane has performed with The United States Collegiate Choir, The Lafayette Bach Chorale, The Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus, and The Kankakee Valley Community Chorus. She is a current member of Illumination, and regularly performed with The LCSO. She has enjoyed providing backup vocals for many years of Hoosier Star Competition and was a Hoosier Star finalist in 2016.
James Neary is an award-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and previous Hoosier Star winner. His unique, falsetto-driven, blues-twinged voice has been making waves since he won the first Acorn Theater Singer-Songwriter Contest in 2013. In the years since, James has toured with his band (James Neary and the Bevy Blue); lent his voice to multiple original albums and EPs; opened for the likes of John Mayall, Cracker, and Billy Strings; won Hoosier Star in 2016 with his rendition of the Queen classic, ‘Somebody to Love’; and joined brit-rock superstars Muse on-stage to perform their hit ‘Plug in Baby’. James is thrilled to be on the other side of the curtain to help decide this year’s Hoosier Star winner and wishes all the contestants the best of luck.
Lee C. Meyer holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois. While attending the conservatory, he majored in applied piano, studied voice, and was the studio accompanist for one of the leading voice teachers at the conservatory for three and a half years, thus giving him the necessary knowledge to work with all types of voices and various musical genres.
He is currently active as the organist at Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Chesterton, Indiana. He is an award-winning musical/vocal director and keyboardist at The Footlight Player’s theater in Michigan City. He recently completed work on the Lerner and Lowe musical, “Brigadoon” that was directed by his wife, Laura, and will once again work with her on their next season’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
He has been musical/vocal director at the Dunes Arts Foundation’s Summer Theater, The La Porte Little Theater, Fourth Street Theater in Chesterton, and Valparaiso Community Theater.
For the past 27 years, he has been the pianist and conductor of The Michigan City Community Chorus and has held the position of program chairman of Michigan City’s Monday Musicale for many years.