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JEFF GEMAR (panel) is an award-winning music educator, recently retired after spending 42 years directing some of the best show choirs in the country. Jeff is proud to have established four show choir programs during his career including Mitchell, South Dakota, Friend de Coup and Chatham Glenwood's Titan Fever. He also led the award-winning Mt. Zion Swingsations along with Dwight Jordan.

 

DAN LOBUONO (soloists) is a Casting Director for Disney Live Entertainment and has a long list of his own professional credits spanning 30 years as a professional singer, dancer, and actor. Theatre credits include: 1994 Broadway & National Tour of Hello, Dolly!, National Tour & Vegas companies of Chicago the Musical, National Tour of The Full Monty, and original Broadway company of Thoroughly Modern Mille starring Sutton Foster - 8 Tony Awards.

SCOTT HINES (panel) comes to us from Purdue University where he is an assistant director for Purdue Musical Organizations. He is assistant director/accompanist/arranger for the Varsity Glee Club, directs 6 small ensembles, including Express, the university show choir. Before Purdue, Scott was the director/producer for Elite Energy Show Choir in Decatur, Illinois. Under his direction, EE consistently garnered awards at local, regional and national competitions.

LINDA SOUTHARD (panel) is a nationally recognized Show Choir industry pioneer. An accomplished music educator with 33 years as the director, arranger, and choreographer for the award-winning Buffalo Grove, The Expressions, Linda is often in demand as a coach, clinician, arranger, choreographer, and judge.

 

RICH TAYLOR (panel) is an accomplished entertainment & education professional now consulting through RICH IMAGINATION, LLC. Former VP of Disney Creative Entertainment and Costuming and Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma, Rich now offers his multi-faceted expertise to entities that seek to enhance their creativity or processes. 

2023 THE EVENT JUDGES PANEL

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