Division 2021 Finalists

ADULT FINALISTS

Candace Archer

Candace Archer is a K-12 music teacher for Westville Schools. She is a member of Great Lake Sound Chorus, Monday Musicale, and First United Methodist Church, where she sings solo, with the choir, and as part of the yearly Madrigal Dinner. She has sung the National Anthem several times for the Gary Southshore Railcats baseball team. She has been involved with community theater around LaPorte County as an actress, music director, and assistant director. You may have seen her at Laporte Little Theater, Dunes Summer Theater, Canterbury Theater, and Footlight Theater. Her notable roles include Marmee in Little Women, Fiona in Brigadoon, and Grace in Annie. She also participated as a writer for On Your Mark with Main Street Theater, winning best script two years in a row.

Karen Eigenmann

Karen Eigenmann lives in La Porte, Indiana and teaches 7th grade math at Krueger Middle School in Michigan City.  She graduated from Concordia Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  Karen grew up in La Porte. She moved back to Indiana a couple of years ago, and this is her first time trying out for Hoosier Star.  Karen is excited for the opportunity to sing with the symphony orchestra and share her love for singing.

Myah Englebrecht

Myah is super excited to be a part of this years talented and inspiring group of performers for Hoosier Star! She has been singing since before she could even talk and it has been her passion for just as long. Myah spends all the free time she has on stage whether that is in a musical, a play, or karaoke night with her friends. She is a performer at heart and would not have it any other way! She would like to thank her loving family for always being there to support her or laugh with her when she trips and falls (which is often). She also would like to thank everyone who has been a part of her Hoosier Star experience!

Kim Kurtis

Kim’s lifelong love of music was sparked as a young child after stumbling upon her parents’ diverse record collection. Listening to everything from Shirley Bassey to Frank Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald instilled in her a deep appreciation for classic standards and big band swing which she holds dear to this day. No stranger to the stage, Kim has previously performed on tour and in regional theaters throughout the eastern United States. She is a proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory and Purdue University.

Kim and her husband Chris are overjoyed parents to two wonderful children who are the dearest and most delightful gifts imaginable. Kim currently spends her “free” time developing corporate identity
rebrands, perfecting her omelet flip, and attempting to memorize all the words to “Rattlin Bog” with her kids. She would like to express her sincere gratitude to Becky Osborn & the LCSO for this opportunity.

Jarynn Sampson

Jarynn Sampson is a 19-year-old girl from South Bend, IN. You may remember her from Hoosier Star 2017, where she performed “Rise Up” by Andra Day and was the Youth Division winner, along with winning the Joe Mellen Award! She is so excited to be able to perform again after the heights of the pandemic and feels privileged to work alongside the LaPorte Symphony Orchestra again. Jarynn loves to sing and act, and you may have seen her on stage at many of the community theatres in the area in roles such as Ti Moune in Once on This Island, Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, and Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She also uses her voice to be an advocate for political and social change, singing at an array of events including a couple of the Will Sing 4 events that have benefitted the Pax Center and Homeward Bound Village of LaPorte. Jarynn thanks God every single day for blessing her with her voice and passion for the arts and hopes to inspire others while doing what she loves.

YOUTH FINALISTS

Jayne Bartlett

Jayne Bartlett is honored to be a 2021 Hoosier Star finalist! Jayne is 17 and attends Chesterton High School where she is continually active in theatre and music. Jayne’s performed in the CHS productions of ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Chicago’, and ‘Mamma Mia’. She is a member of the advanced Camerata Choir and is a former show choir member. As a soloist, Jayne has twice won gold at ISSMA competitions and was crowned champion of the 2019 CHS Variety Show.

In 2017, Jayne was cast as Ralphie in ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ produced by the historic Memorial Opera House. She’s performed in a production of ‘The Addams Family’ and has performed with her ukulele at the CHS Coffee House, several talent shows, and open mics. Jayne thanks her family, friends, and vocal coach Amanda Smolek for their unwavering support and dedication as she chases her big dream of performing on Broadway.

Afyah Giuliani

Afyah Giuliani is an 11th grader from La Porte who loves music. She has been singing for as long as she can remember and was a Hoosier star youth finalist in 2018. Besides singing, she enjoys drawing, writing, playing violin and mandolin at church. She also plays with the LCSO and teaches violin. Afyah gives God all the glory and thanks her family and friends for their unwavering support. She is excited and thankful for this opportunity. 

Joseph Giuliani

Joseph Giuliani is a 10th grader from La Porte who enjoys singing. He enjoys playing the piano at church and ukulele. He was a Hosier Star finalist in 2018 and 2019 and enjoyed the opportunity to sing with an orchestra. He gives God all the glory for his ability to sing and thanks his family for encouraging him to sing and play his instruments. He is thankful and excited to have another chance to sing in Hoosier Star.

Grace Phillips

Grace is a 17-year-old student at Westville High School obsessed with everything music. As a member of the WHS theatre club, she has been in multiple shows such as Beauty and the Beast as Belle, James, and the Giant Peach as Ladybug, and many more! She is in the Westville advanced choir and Tri-M. Grace is also on the varsity pom team. She would like to thank her parents, her twin sister, and friends for their constant support, Matt Nelson for being her guide throughout the competition, and the LCSO along with the amazing people at Hoosier Star for giving her this opportunity. Grace is excited to cheer on the other finalist, including her high school choir teacher Candace Archer, and wishes everyone the best of luck!

Lola White

Lola Kathryn is a 17-year-old senior from New Albany, Indiana attending Sacred Heart Academy. After her soccer career was cut short with a broken foot at the ripe old age of six, Lola discovered her true love, performing. Whether she is dancing, acting or singing, she’s in her element. Lola has performed in many musicals and her favorite roles include, Jane Banks in Mary Poppins, Alice Wendleken in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Lucy Van Pelt in Charlie Brown, and many more! She is deeply passionate about singing and plans on pursuing a career in the arts. Lola would like to thank all her coaches who have never given up on her and kept pushing her to be the best that she can be; without them she would not be able to stand on this stage today. Finally, Lola would love to thank the people with Hoosier Star and the LaPorte Symphony Orchestra for this amazing opportunity.