Northwest Indiana's Premiere Youth Performance Competition

Meet the Judges

Brendan Clancy was elected as Portage Township Trustee in 2011.  Proudly serving for over 11 years, Mr. Clancy has made a significant impact on the quality of life for those in his community.  Providing temporary, emergency assistance to Portage Township residents, as well as, assisting NWI through State and Federal programs, the Portage Township Trustee’s office is at the forefront of helping individuals and families navigate through the pandemic.
His accomplishments include expanding senior services, constructing a new cemetery administration office, establishing and building a Portage Township Park Department, remodeling the South Haven Fire Department and upgrading trucks and equipment, as well as, partnering with Porter County government to build a community service building which includes the Porter County Health and Assessor’s offices, the Portage Township Trustee offices, and the Portage Township Food Pantry.
Portage Township has been recognized locally and within the state multiple times including the Indiana State Township of the Year Award (awarded twice since in office), and the State’s Outstanding Township Trustee Award.
Mr. Clancy is a proud family man.  He and his wife are parents to two daughters, a grandson, and two four-legged pups…all which keep him very busy.  He enjoys relaxing by the water and finds time to fish whenever he can. Mr. Clancy’s greatest passion is serving his community.

Scot PJ MacDonald, a resident of Valparaiso, has served in many capacities with Memorial Opera House both on and off stage. He has been Executive Director there since 2016. Working in partnership with the leaders of Porter County and Memorial Opera House Foundation, staff and volunteers, Scot has helped establish quality, diversity and community engagement as core values of the Opera House. Scot has been privileged to serve with Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation (an organization that serves as a resource for theatres in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties); East Chicago Arts Initiative (The Unity Event, a collaboration of South Shore Orchestra, students, and professional and semi-professional performers); and Valparaiso’s Creative Council. Scot holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine and Performing Arts with a focus on Directing and Administration and is delighted to serve as a judge for this evening’s event!

Dr. Christopher S. Ebert grew up in Lake Village, Indiana and now lives in Lowell on his family’s farm. Originally, he intended to obtain an education degree from Indiana State University, however, when he joined the choir he had a change of heart. The choir conductor, Richard Zielinski, inspired him to earn his Bachelor of Science Liberal Arts degree, with an emphasis on music education specifically. After earning this degree, Christopher returned to achieve his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting. Serving in the Army from 2002-2007, Christopher came back and earned his Doctorate in Sacred Music from Graduate Theological Foundation. Dr. Ebert currently serves as the Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church in Valparaiso.