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.
Jenevieve is a native of La Porte County and a graduate of Michigan City High School. She went on to receive her degree in Music Education from Ball State University. She is an Elementary Music Teacher for the La Porte Community Schools, teaching at Crichfield and Lincoln Elementary Schools, and has previously taught Middle School General Music and Jr/Sr High School Band. Jen and husband Jason will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary on March 7. She is also the proud mother of Korrine (15), Andrew (13) and Emily (10) and loves to support them in their activities and interests. In her spare time, Jen enjoys reading, playing board games and all types of cooking.
Jen has had a passion for music since she was very young. She has been singing her entire life and also plays the French Horn. She was active in both band and choir in high school. At Ball State, she studied horn with Dr. Fred Ehnes and voice with Mei Zhong. She has been an active performer both with voice and French Horn in the LaPorte Community. She is currently the principal French Horn of the LaPorte City Band. She has been a member of the Michigan City Municipal Band and the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, and she served as Personnel Manager of the Orchestra for 3 years. Jen has been a solo guest vocalist for a variety of groups including: The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, The La Porte City Band, The Singing Company, The Michigan City Municipal Band and The Tom Milo Big Band.
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.