Meet the Judges & Emcee – 2018

Of the Final Competition

These judges are charged with the responsibility of narrowing down the field from ten to five finalists.  Then the audience votes from the final five contestants for the WINNER of $5000 and the CAMPUS SUPERSTAR 2014!

Meet the Emcee

Laura Steele Black &White copy Laura Steele has been a Rock n’ Roll air personality for 20 years. Laura is heard in multiple cities across the U.S. including Indianapolis on Q95. Laura was the first woman to be hired at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a public address announcer for the Indy 500, NASCAR and MotoGP. Named Columbia College Chicago Alumni of the Year in 2010, she still returns to her alma mater to talk to students in the radio department. Laura’s love for music and talented students makes her a perfect fit as our emcee!

Meet the Judges 

  Jenn CristyNow with six solo albums, Jenn began her career with John Mellencamp, meeting the Hoosier rocker in Bloomington, Indiana, where she was in the midst of an all-American swimming career at Indiana University. During her stint with Mellencamp’s band she proved her versatility, playing flute, piano, percussion, organ, and violin in addition to singing. When she embarked on her solo career in 2003, she wanted to create a sound that both honored all of her varied influences – from Ben Folds to Pink and Bruce Hornsby to Queen – while creating something decidedly original.

 Shannon Forsell.  In Indianapolis, the name Shannon Forsell is synonymous with cabaret. Not only is the beloved LGBT ally a highly regarded cabaret performer in her own right, she is also the artistic director and CEO of the Cabaret at the Columbia Club and regarded by many as the driving force behind its runaway success.

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 Steven Stollen
 enjoys an active and eclectic life as a singing artist, educator, arts administrator and community leader. His singing experiences include solo appearances with many of the country’s finest symphony orchestras including the symphonies of San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Baltimore, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik of Toronto and many others. Steven has appeared many times with the Indianapolis Symphony. He has sung at the BAM Festival, Music at Riverside and Merkin Hall in New York as well as the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra and has been a featured recording artist on over 30 different projects with the Hal Leonard Corporation, the world’s largest music publishing company. Steven is the founder and Resident Artist of his own concert series, Meridian Song Project and currently is the Managing Director of Indiana’s leading professional theatre company, the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the host of the popular radio program, STOLEN MOMENTS heard on NPR/WFYI Radio throughout Indiana.  He was recently selected to serve as the Regional Director for Rocketship Indiana, one of the country’s most successful and dynamic charter school organizations. Rocketship Indiana Rocketship Education. California-based Rocketship Education is working toward opening eight high-performing elementary schools in Indianapolis over five years.

 

Meet the Judges of the Semi-Final Competition

These judges have the responsibility of narrowing the field from our 19 semi-final contestants to the 10 finalists who will go on to compete at the 2016 Campus Superstar Final Show in the TOBY Theater in the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

   Jenn Cristy is a longtime Campus Superstar Judge!  We are so lucky to have Jenn Cristy as a part of this show.  Jenn started her career as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with John Mellencamp and has had experience performing at The Today Show, Larry King, and MORE!  In 2015, Jenn launched an entertainment company, One Pulse Entertainment, here in Bloomington which provides world class talent to theaters across the nation.  A few current star performers in One Pulse productions were actually discovered on this stage during Campus Superstar from previous years.
  Terrilyn Douglas was in the IU Soul Revue for five years, including her term when she served as President! After earning her degree, she went on to teach for almost four years at Stax Music Academy in Memphis, Tennessee. She has now returned home as the Vocal Coach for the I.U. Soul Revue and Campus Superstar Semi-Final Judge!
11930769_509995925831164_6638518666826902328_o  Nick Rivera grew up in Los Angeles where he found his passion for music at the age of 11. Nick will soon be graduating from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  As a student, he interned with JAMSWORLD MGMT and Secretly Group, where he learned the ins-and-outs of promoting artists, coordinating releases, and building and maintaining a musician’s brand.  Over the Summer of 2016, Nick worked in the office of Artist Publishing Group where he pitched artists directly to high level music executive. He also gave constructive feedback on new music from hit artists Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, and Nicky Blitz. Now, Nick has continued his internship with Artist Publish Group, and hopes to pursue Music Law in the future.