Meet our Performing Arts Celebrity Judges!

 
 

Here's a few helpful tips from your judges:

  • Personality - Let it shine.
  • Relax - We're on your side.
  • Smile - If you're re having a good time then we will too.
  • Eye-contact - Look at the judges and audience and draw them into your performance
  • Pacing - Singers perform your song and don't pace.
  • Age-appropriate - Choose age-appropriate material and attire.
  • Connected - Stay emotionally connected to your routine.
  • Lyrics - Do you understand your lyrics/meaning of song or music? Show us.
  • Attire - Your appearance is very important.  Dress appropriately for your performance. Costumes add to your act!
  • Stage Use - make good use of the stage.  Solo acts should stay upstage so the judges and audience have a great view of your performance.
  • Audio Tracks - Audio tracks ripped at the highest quality improves your performance.  Audio tracks are to be edited to a maximum  of 3 and half minutes max. 
And most of all ... we wish YOU all the BEST!

Meet The Judges!

NICK MANNA

 
 
Nick is the Director of Entertainment for Sesame Place in Pennsylvania. During a career that spans nearly two decades, and has established his reputation for building relationships with guests as well as brands –– devoting himself solely to the live entertainment industry, first as a performer, second as a coach, and currently as a leader by developing,maintaining, and preserving the character training process. 
 
Nick's most notable relationships fostered include the live entertainment elite; such as Sesame Street, Feld Entertainment, Walt Disney World Resorts, and Hoffman Communications.

LAURA PEETE

Laura Peete received her Bachelors of Music in Music Business from Millikin University, with a Masters in Educational Leadership from DePaul University. Laura is the current Director of Education Programs at the Dr. Phillips Center. In this role, Laura serves over 130,000 people through national affiliated educational programs and classes at the AdventHealth School of the Arts. Laura develops and manages Broadway engagement opportunities for students and community members through various events, show opportunities, meet and greets, workshops, masterclasses, and chatbacks working with industry leading partners such as Disney Theatricals, Broadway Across America, Broadway League, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Advent Health, ATPAM, and commercial tours to create equitable opportunity.

Laura mentors a group of teen ambassadors representing over 25 high schools in Central Florida, introducing them to non-performance industry careers by providing access to learn from current Broadway/industry professionals in various markets around the world. Under her leadership, the Dr. Phillips Center's Resident Artist Internship program launched in 2019, which provides training in performance, technical, and teaching artists skills for college students aspiring to art industry careers.

Laura programs and artistic directs the Four Counts, as well as Applause Awards (the Central Florida High School Musical Theater Awards), which is an extension of the NHSMTA, also known as the Jimmy Awards in New York. Laura has performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe, touring Florence, Urbana, and San Marino, Italy with Chicago Lyrica Opera, as well as a Baltics region tour of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. She has worked with award-winning music legend Burt Bacharach and Spring Awakenings' Steven Sater (Some Lovers, Old Globe Theatre) in San Diego, CA and has artistic/music directed over 15 main stage musical productions throughout the Chicagoland area and at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

DR JEFFERY REDDING

Jeffery Redding, the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recipient, is the newly announced Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Redding has led his choirs in performances at national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His choirs have earned first place awards at Heritage Festivals of Gold in California, Chicago, New York and at the Festival of Spirituals in Washington D.C. While participating in the International Music Festival in Verona, Italy, his chorus from West Orange High School received the Gold Award for best choir, with Dr. Redding honored as top director.

Nationally, Dr. Redding is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician. He has conducted the ACDA National High School Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, and the North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Eastern Division ACDA Honor Choir and All-State and Honor choirs in approximately forty states. In 2014, Dr. Redding was the only American adjudicator at the International Choral Festival, Verona, Italy. Additionally, he conducted at the TAISM Festival of Choirs in Muscat, Oman. He was the Artistic Director for Limerick Sings International Choral Festival in Limerick, Ireland in 2018. In 2019, he conducted the Alaska All-State Treble Choir, the NAfME Central Regional Elementary Honor Choir, the Morehead State University Honor Choir, and the Honors Young Adults Choir, at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. In 2020, he will conduct honor choirs and festivals across the country, including Carnegie Hall. He will also hold the position of Artistic Director for Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary in Vienna, Austria and be an adjudicator for the World Choir Games in Belgium, Germany.

Previously Director of Choral Activities at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida and West Virginia University (WVU), Dr. Redding has been featured as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, and Orchestra Hall on numerous occasions. He was also honored to give the prestigious TEDx Talk. He is also one of the conductors for Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

Recognized for his achievements and service in the profession, Dr. Redding was awarded the R. Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award for dedicated service, leadership, and excellence by the Florida Chapter of ACDA.

Dr. Redding is founder and Artistic Director of the Garden Community Choir and Voci del Cuore (Voices of the Heart) in Winter Garden, Florida. Dr. Redding is also the Executive & Artistic Director of the Orlando Choral Society, founded in 2019. He also serves as the Director of Worship Arts for the First United Methodist Church of Orlando. Formerly with the Moses Hogan Singers, he remains active as a singer in the professional male singing group, "Brethren." The Jeffery Redding Passion and Purpose Choral Series is a compilation of new choral music by various composers, published by Colla Voce Music, Inc.

Dr. Redding holds a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Music Education and a Master of Music Education, both from the Florida State University, and a B.S. in Music Education from Florida A&M University. He is a member of ACDA, NAfME, FVA, NATS, and Chorus America. He has served his profession in numerous capacities, as District 8 Chair for the Florida Vocal Association (FVA), as State R&R Chair for Ethnic Music/Multicultural Affairs, R&R Chair for Youth/Student Activities, and High School Mixed Honor Choir co-chair for Florida ACDA, and as R&R Chair for Community Choirs for Southern Division ACDA. Currently, he is R&R Lifelong Coordinator (Community, Music and Worship) for Florida ACDA.