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 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 Cristy. Now 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.
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.