Rising Stars Finals Features Statewide Talent


It started with a question – ‘Are you the next Rising Star?” What followed included more than 80 auditions throughout the state, 40 callback performances and hundreds of decisions by judges in Oshkosh, Wausau, Madison, and La Crosse all culminating on Saturday, September 14 at Overture Centers historic Capitol Theater when 21 acts will compete in the Rising Stars Finals.

Contending for a grand prize of $1,000, cash prizes, booking opportunities, a digital marketing consultation and the opportunity to perform during the Overture’s 2020/21 season, the Finals will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 or $15 at overture.org, by calling 608.258.4141 or in-person at the Overture Center Ticket Office (201 State Street). Artists advancing to the Rising Stars Finals are:

  • Kelly Hepper, Fil Kennedy, Kent Hamele, Lucas Weaver from Madison
  • Natalie Popp From Fitchburg
  • Abey Nova from Baraboo
  • Anaka Srinivas from Madison
  • Ryan Aderholdt from Wausau
  • Steve Horton from Madison
  • Linn Jennings from Madison
  • Molly Davis from Beaver Dam
  • Andres Jimenez from Madison
  • Parker Kadera from La Crosse
  • Sarah Wolff from Onalaska
  • Max Koepke from Kronenwetter
  • Ellie Brenner from Durand
  • Allison Slamann, Ashley Tomasewski, Madyun Wilson, Jasper Sanchez, Alex Seager, Sara Silvis from Milwaukee
  • Raine Stern from Madison
  • Declan Killeen Toomey from Verona
  • Jedediah Larson-Poeschl from Oshkosh
  • Mooka Subulwa from Oshkosh
  • Stevie Peterson from Tomah
  • Kate Buehner - accompanist
  • Zhalarina from Madison
  • Jordan Mattmiller from Tomah

“Rising Stars continues to blossom,” said Overture Center Vice President of Programming and Community Engagement Tim Sauers. “With each passing year, we continue to explore new ideas to support and develop diverse, emerging talent and advance this program into a statewide talent search.”

Participants in Rising Stars include all skill levels and talents (ages 6+). The FREE competition hosts three age categories aiming to win $750 in cash prizes. The grand prize winner receives a $1,000, booking opportunities, a digital marketing consultation and the chance to perform at Overture during the 2020/21 season.