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Schaumburg Idol 2016 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 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. 

Andrew Norte

Andrew Norte discovered his passion for music at age 9 when he began taking piano lessons.   His first musical experiences were in church where he sang, performed piano and singing solos, accompanied choir and acted in plays.  It wasn't long before he knew his true calling was music!

Andrew graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s of music in education.  At NIU, Andrew played piano in jazz combos and ensembles, sang in choir and participated in marching band playing alto sax.  He has been working for the Schaumburg Park District since 2008 in various musical capacities including teaching voice and instrumental lessons, accompanying musicals, directing vocal rehearsals and accompanying singers during Schaumburg Idol's very first season.

Andrew is also the music director at Washington School in Schiller Park and the jazz piano player for the Illinois Army National Guard.

Carol Bryan

Carole is the Music Coordinator for the Schaumburg Park District and has taught at the district for 20 years. Carole tells us that from a very early age, she pictured doing something musical and always leaned toward vocal.

She started college at Harper when neighbor asked her if she would teach their child piano lessons. She replied, “Sure, I’ll try but you will be the first to know if I am not comfortable”.  She quickly discovered she loved teaching.  Carole has been teaching ever since except for a short retirement while when she opened a music store but quickly discovered she missed teaching. 

Carole lives in Roselle with her husband/best friend and has 4 children and 4 grandchildren.

Erica Zafiriou-Perez

As a child Erica watched as music mesmerized crowds, pulled people together, and captured hope and happiness and she knew she wanted to be a part of creating that.

 In her now 16 year career in the entertainment industry, Erica has worked for 4 major record labels, including Atlantic Records as Product Manager, and 2 entertainment marketing companies. Today she continues her work in celebrity product placement, branding and music marketing. She has worked with: Disney, Warner Bros Studios (motion picture soundtracks), Panic at the Disco, Paramore, Kid Rock, Need To Breathe, Rob Thomas, T.I., Trans-Siberian Orchestra, NFL Network, and many other products including music video productions.

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