Division 2020 Finalists
Alyse Flores was born and raised a LaPortean and has been auditioning for LPCSO’s Hoosier Star ever since she was sixteen years old! She immersed herself in an early love of music with private piano and voice lessons, sang in multiple choruses, performed in both the color and winter guard, and played piano with the jazz band.
Alyse attended Ball State University School of Music and studied vocal and music education. She has taught voice, piano, music theory, and composition both privately and at The Lesson Loft music studio in Chesterton, Indiana. Along with her love of music, Alyse also has a passion for beauty and is in her third year as hair colorist at Hair Fitness in La Porte.
Alyse would like to thank her music educators Tom Coe, Mickey Stisher, Chuck Steck, and Rick Quarles for guiding and inspiring her in her youth. She would also like to show her gratitude to her parents, husband, and friends for their endless support through the years.
She hopes to inspire musicians to never stop performing!
As a mother to a three-year-old, Alanna Mossell spends much of her time watching Frozen II and playing the way toddlers do. She enjoys watching her daughter go through the discovery of music and nature. As often as they can, they take time to go out on Lake Michigan. It is surely their favorite thing to do in this age when so much is off limits.
Alanna began singing as a child, as most people do. At age ten, she picked up a viola and began her journey through music. Today, Alanna is a music educator in the orchestra and string music vein. She also joined the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra as principal violist last fall. Playing in an orchestra is something she says she could never survive without. In times like these, viola practice and singing sustain her until she can get back to where her passion lies.
Alora Tribole is an 18-year old who’s number one passion is singing. She started to sing from the moment she could speak and hasn’t stopped ever since. Beginning when she was little, Alora has listened to, and developed a love for all genres of music. Other than a local talent show Alora performed last year; this is her first singing competition. She is very honored to be a part of The Hoosier Star. She thanks God, who has blessed her with a singing voice.
LeAnn Stutler is a singer-songwriter originally from Crown Point, Indiana. LeAnn has been a working musician since the age of 15, founding the local band Capernaum. The band became a headlining act in northwest Indiana and the south suburbs of Chicago for 6 years before the group disbanded in Fall 2018. In May 2019, LeAnn Stutler graduated from Columbia College Chicago with her Bachelor of Music Degree, concentrating in Contemporary, Urban, and Popular Music. She also minored in music business. Emerging over the last two years as a solo artist, LeAnn released her first full-length album in November 2019, titled Keeps Getting Better.
Evan D. Wooding
My name is Evan D. Wooding and I have lived in Laporte my whole life I have been around music since in the womb. My parents are Pastor Eric and Teresa Wooding and for as long as I can remember I have grown up in a very musical family. The arts were heavily promoted and encouraged in my household growing up. I began piano lessons at age six and have been around church choirs and praise teams ever since. I am a hair stylist at Hair Fitness and have been in the salon culture since I was sixteen years old. I graduated with my beauty licenses in 2010 at the same time graduating with honors from La Porte High School. I went to Purdue for two years for business. I love traveling as a Sexy Hair Brand Educator to California every year to better my craft and educate other stylists around my region. I love the arts and Laporte with all my heart. Shop and support local is my anthem! Vote for me and cast your vote and support the amazing La Porte County Symphony Orchestra.
Jamileh Cornejo is a sixteen-year-old that loves to sing! Her first time being on the stage was for her first-grade musical where she played a lead role. Since then, she has been drawn to performing. She is now a two-time Hoosier Star finalist. Other competitions that she has been a part of include both the State and Regional Fair. She will be hosting her very first concert this September, where she will sing numerous songs from her repertoire. Jamileh is extremely passionate about singing and hopes to continue improving. She would like to thank her incredibly supportive family, friends, and teachers.
Julia Larson is a 17-year-old senior at Chesterton High School. For as long as she can remember she has been up on stage singing and performing, and it has always been her favorite thing to do. She loves performing in musicals as well. Some of the roles she has previously played was Mother Abbess in the Sound of Music, Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Grace in Annie, and many more! At Chesterton, Julia is in the top Show Choir, the Sandpipers. She also is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program, participates in advanced art classes, and is on the varsity golf team. She would like to thank her parents, friends, and voice teacher, Anne- Marie Bice for all their support. She would also like to thank Hoosier Star and the LaPorte Symphony Orchestra for putting on this event and giving her this incredible opportunity.
Lily Belle Nuest
Lily Belle Nuest is 17 years old, lives in Kouts and is currently a senior at KHS. She sang before she could talk and her love for performing has allowed her to star in several shows, including Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Fiona in Shrek the Musical, and Dainty June in the Footlight Player’s production of Gypsy. Outside of performing, she paints and draws, and won Best in Media and an Honorable Mention in the Tri-County Junior/Senior High School Art Exhibition. She is also a member of the Teen Arts Board at South Shore Arts, a participant in the Fine Arts Academic team, the KHS Student Council and the National Honor Society. In the future, Lily plans on pursuing a Fine Arts degree. She would like to thank her friends and family, her vocal coach, Sheree Gudeman, and the wonderful people at Hoosier Star for this amazing opportunity.
Raul Mejia Palma
Raul is currently going into his senior year at Laporte High School. He first started to sing when he was a freshman in the New Prairie High School choir and he has played instruments for a lot longer. Raul plans to be in Laporte’s wind ensemble and jazz band. He also plans to play in the Laporte soccer team and is very happy and proud to be a slicer. Raul would like to thank everyone in Hoosier Star for their amazing support and kindness. He would also like to thank his close friend, Jamileh, who’s helped him grow as a musician and as a person. His performance is dedicated to his parents and his siblings because they are the ones who motivate and inspire him to be the best he can at everything he loves to do.
Grace Phillips is thrilled to be a Hoosier Star finalist this year! She is 16 years old and attends Westville High School. Grace has loved singing and music since she was 4 years old. She was in 7th grade when she performed in her first musical and has been an active member of her school’s theatre department ever since. Most recently being cast as Belle in Beauty and the Beast Jr. She is also a member of her school’s advanced choir where she has competed in many ISSMA competitions, earning 2 gold ratings at state this past year. Besides singing, Grace also enjoys performing as a member of her school’s pom pom team, hanging out with friends and playing the ukulele. Grace would like to thank her choir and theatre directors for pushing her to do her best and her friends and family for always being her #1 fans.