La Porte, IN – Alastair Willis, Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, will be returning to the podium to lead an ensemble of musicians from the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra in the 15th annual Hoosier Star. For the first time the event will be held virtually on Saturday, September 12 at 7:00 PM CDT.

Having recently signed a contract extension with the SBSO, Grammy-nominated Willis’ previous conducting positions include the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (Music Director), the Florida Orchestra (Coffee Concert Conductor), and the Seattle Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony (Assistant Conductor). He is demanded globally as a guest conductor having appeared with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony among others.

Willis stated that, “I’m honored to be part of Hoosier Star again – and I’m in awe of the LCSO, how they’ve found a way to make it happen despite the difficult times we are in – a testament to the deep dedication, love and care of so many. It’s been great connecting with the talented singers, and I can’t wait to play my part in keeping this unique tradition alive and thrilling! We may not be many in the band this year due to Covid, but we will be mighty!”

Ten finalists, five in the Youth Division (17 and younger) and five in the Adult Division (18 and older), will be competing for the title of “Hoosier Star”. Maestro Willis will be working with each singer to prepare them for the evening and will lead the Orchestra in music ranging from country to opera. More information about the finalists can be found at www.hoosierstar.com.

Hoosier Star will be live streamed on Saturday, September 12. The concert will begin at 7:00 PM CDT.

For the first time the event will be completely live-streamed and free to view on the following sites:

Hoosier Star will also be broadcasted via AM 142095.1 FM and 106.7 FM (simulcast).

Voting will take place during the competition by going to www.lcso.net. $10 per vote.

More information about this event and other offerings by the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra can be found by going to www.hoosierstar.com or www.lcso.net.