Schaumburg Idol 2012 Judges
The Schaumburg Park District presents Schaumburg Idol, the chance to discover America's next singing superstar from the Schaumburg Park District area. Here are the judges:
Judge Beth Waller has been involved with the arts since she was 3 years old. Her dance experience includes teaching and performing ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern. She also loves swing and has directed a studio for 17 years.
Waller began teaching at 13 as an assistant in her home studio in Urbana, Ill. She has acted in plays since childhood. Her theatrical experience includes directing, producing, choreographing and even writing several children’s plays. She has produced/directed small productions as well as an $80,000 production of Joseph for the Paramount Arts Centre in Aurora.
Beth’s musical experience includes studies in piano, violin and voice. She has competed regionally in voice and violin and has directed several children’s choirs and swing performance choirs. Her visual arts experience includes study in water color, charcoal and ink, and basic art history.
Judge Waller has had the honor of teaching and working with many young people who have become professional artists. The list includes Brett Rowe, music director and conductor for numerous venues and current pianist for Mary Poppins and Altar Boyz; Becca Caliendo, international opera performer; Katherine Bruno, principle dancer for Salt Creek Ballet; and Sam Renzetti, a past judge on Schaumburg Idol.
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The voice and verve of the 30’s and 40’s swing band singer has found rebirth in the guise of Lee Stevens. Her knowledgeable delivery of the sound and feel of those times are vocal desserts that compliment every tune.
For many years, Stevens has been involved with music in one form or another. At age 11, appearing on the Morris B. Sachs Amateur Hour, and performing in numerous stage productions for church benefits and school functions since age 4. She also performed at the Embassy Ballroom in Chicago as part of a four-girl teen singing group.
After marrying, Stevens continued to sing for many church weddings and private parties. Her five children were always included in home musical performances. For years she did not sing, being involved in owning and managing several businesses. Finally, after many prayers and intense deliberation, she began to pursue her singing career full time.
Stevens brings her “gift” of vocal talents to area nightclubs. She performs a variety of Sinatra favorites, standards, jazz, swing and top 40 hits. Currently, Stevens is performing with several well known big band orchestras in Chicago and the suburbs.
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GagIiano got started in music as a junior in high school when he sang in a friend’s band. With no experience at all, he gave it a try. He continued singing full time after finishing school and eventually began playing large rock music concerts and venues across the United States. Gagliano later moved into percussion playing a Zendrum and now continues to perform percussion and vocals. He is also an entertainment manager with Toucan Management Group. The company books and manages talent in the Chicagoland area. Gagliano finds new talent and helps them to work and develop in the entertainment business.