About the Competition
Campus Superstar is a regional vocal competition for full-time college students. All students who love to sing and perform are welcome to audition. Semifinal rounds are judged by Cincinnati celebrities and performance pros. The 2018 finals were held Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater.
About the Honoree
Dick Weiland is the founder and president of Richard Consulting Corporation, a public relations consulting agency that provides lobbying and mediation skills to over 30 companies and numerous non-profit organizations, including Cincinnati Museum Center, American Jewish Archives, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Respite Care, Cincinnati Ballet, Schottenstein’s, Communicare, Energy Alliances, and Standard Textile.
Dick is a tireless community activist whose work has enhanced the quality of life in Cincinnati, in Ohio, and throughout the nation. In over 50 years of service, Dick has been responsible for raising more funds for the welfare of the greater Cincinnati Jewish community than any other single individual.
After decades on the board of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, he continues active service as a lifetime emeritus member. He currently serves on more than 30 boards and commissions, including his service as co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee of Ohio Jewish Communities.
Dick has also been a long-time major supporter of Cincinnati Hillel. Hillel is pleased to honor Dick for the extraordinary benefits he brings to our community and our region.
Meet the Judges
Kim Mann, the program coordinator for the Music for All National Choir Festival, serves on the faculty of Chatfield College. She is a clinician and adjudicator for choral events in the United States and Europe, and in preparation for the 7th and 8th World Choir Games, she served as Artistic Coordinator for the United States responsible for the daily coordination of choirs from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Kim holds graduate degrees of distinction in choral/vocal music with a Master of Science in Education from Indiana University.
Deondra Kamau Means
Deondra is a long-time actor and has been a teaching artist and Arts Integration Specialist for the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCTC) for over 20 years. He uses performance methods to encourage, teach and inspire. He also sings with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and serves as an adjunct professor in NKU’s Department of Theater and Dance. He received a degree in Musical Theater from Webster Conservatory of Theater Arts and a degree in Musical Education from Xavier.
Pamela Myers is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Department of the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation she was cast in COMPANY for which she was nominated for a TONY AWARD. She came full circle with COMPANY composer Stephen Sondheim in the 2002 revival of INTO THE WOODS. She appeared on IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE on PBS and she has starred with the BOSTON POPS, the CINCINNATI POPS and in the CARNEGIE HALL TRIBUTE TO JUDY GARLAND.
Kathy Wade is a twice EMMY-nominated producer, award-winning international jazz entertainer, actress, producing partner, co-founder and CEO of Learning Through Art, Inc., celebrating 24 years of building community through art, presenting to over 1,000,000 participants. Kathy, a graduate of Withrow High School, holds a Bachelor of Arts from Xavier University/Edgecliff College and Master of Arts from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.
The 2018 finalists
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Sola Fadiran is a Nigerian-American singer and actor from Baltimore, Maryland. Sola participated in ensembles at the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts and Toby’s Dinner Theater (The Color Purple). He is currently in his fourth year at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Sola performed in the ensemble of “Intimate Apparel,” a new work by librettist Lynn Nottage and composer Ricky Ian Gordon at the Lincoln Center, for the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater New Work Commission. Sola is so excited to return to the Campus Superstar stage and wants to thank his parents for giving him the opportunity to pursue the arts.