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Greta Stirling Friedman

Greta is a native of LaPorte, a Slicer and graduate of Bates College in Lewiston Maine and Valparaiso Law School. Her earliest memories are of listening to every Broadway musical and memorizing the lyrics. As a child of two musicians and educators it was one of our favorite things to do. Greta’s first singing experience was as Gretel in “The Sound Of Music” along side her mother, Jayne Westphal as Maria.

Greta has appeared in numerous musicals and plays in the last 26 years in local theater. Her role as Peter in “Peter Pan gave her the unique perspective of singing while flying in the air. Much harder than it looks and it gave her a whole new appreciation of Mary Martin! While a huge challenge it was fun for her to share the stage with her two children who were part of the wonderful cast. For several years Greta has had the privilege of singing with the Praise Team at the First United Methodist Church with some truly talented musicians.

She has participated in Hoosier Star on several occasions as an Audition Judge and describes it as uplifting and joyful. “The level of talent we see in this remarkable competition is incredible. Every year I say that it was the best year yet….until the next year. It just keeps improving each year. The leadership, vision and talent of those who put on this competition each year is dedicated to encouraging young singers and is second to none.” ” It is an honor to be working with James Nearly and the other remarkable members like Cherri and Tim and the board to see that this competition continues even in this challenging time….we need music perhaps more than ever!”6