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Schaumburg Idol 2011 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:

Beth Waller

Judge Beth Waller has been involved with the arts since she was three 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.

Beth Waller

Marc Jolley

Host Marc Jolley has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years. He has acted in numerous stage plays, including playing Paul Bratter in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park on base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the role of Deeley in Harold Pinter's Old Times with The Vex Theatre in Elgin, IL.

Jolley has done voice and video work for several dozen corporate training films and currently enjoys providing the voice of Ralph on The New Ralph the Robot Show for Elk Grove Village Channel 6's children's programming. Marc has also been involved with improvisational theater for 10 years including training with The Second City, ImprovOlympics and The Annoyance theaters while also teaching the improve art form to others for the last six years as part of The Time Travelers Theatre Ensemble with the Schaumburg Park District.

Jolley recently wrote the play, Forever and Never that will be featured as part of Elgin's 2009 Walkabout: Theater On Your Feet, in which he will also appear. And to dispell the rumors: Marc is not related to Ryan Seacrest, nor did he actually eat him. He does however like the catchphrase "Seacrest, Out," which Marc would like to emulate with his own tag, "Come to the Marc-side!"

mark Jolley

Cathleen Chapek

Cathleen Chapek has extensive experience within the music entertainment industry. Her credits include working for Warner Music Group for Warner Bros. Records and WEA Distribution, and for Jeff McClusky in independent record and radio promotion.

She has been a long time cast member of the Black Ensemble Theater under the direction of Jackie Taylor. She was "Dorothy" numerous times in the "Other Cinderella," a chorus member of "And Still We Sing" and  "Elvis Presley Was A Black Man," and a background singer for the "Brook Benton Story." She sang background vocals for Thesaurus Music and International Music Production on various jingles, record projects and live shows.

Cathleen was also a movie extra in Clint Eastwood's 2007 movie "Flags of Our Fathers" which was filmed at Union Station and Wrigley Field. She is a graduate of Elmhurst College's music department in vocal jazz. Her current projects include singing with Old St. Pat's Choir for "SIAMSA NA NGAEL" at the Symphony Center with Martin Sheen and "The Too Hot To Handel" on Martin Luther King Holiday at the Auditorium Theater.

Cathleen Chapek

Lee Stevens

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.
Lee Stevens

Sharon DiMaria

Sharon DiMaria is a Schaumburg Park District Commissioner and currently the board president. Ms. DiMaria is the owner of Dazzles Hair Salon in Roselle and has participated behind the scenes of many pageants and special events and conducted fundraisers for local charities.

Ms. DiMaria has studied dance and the arts for many years. She enjoys watching young talent blossom.

Sharon DiMaria

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