Meet the Rising Star LIVE Competition Judges



Dr. Rebecca Sorley holds the position of Professor of Music at the University of Indianapolis where she is Director of Student Support and Coordinator of the Music Business Concentration. She teaches piano to all levels from Pre-College through Piano Majors.

Dr. Sorley holds degrees in piano from Butler, Indiana and Ball State Universities and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis. Recent performances include participation in the National Association of Music Merchants “Roomful of Pianos” in Anaheim, California, lecture-recital entitled “Musical Immigrants” for the College Music Society International Conference in Sydney, Australia and “Women Make Music” with daughter, Allegra, for the Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention in Denver, Colorado. In November, 2019, Rebecca taught as a masterclass clinician for the National Collegiate Honors Conference in New Orleans.

Sorley serves on the International Board for Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity as 4th-International Vice-President, Music Advisor. She has worked as an orchestral keyboardist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Evansville Philharmonic.

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Tony Weinstein, Full-Time Adjunct, Part-time Assistant Professor at DePauw University School of Music, holds B.M. (Piano Performance) and B.A. (Pure Mathematics, with Honors) degrees from Oberlin College and M.M., P.D., and Doctor of Music (with distinction) degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. 

He teaches Advanced Keyboard Skills, Piano Literature, and Piano Pedagogy, and secondary piano, in addition to serving on the accompanying staff. He is Co-director for Artistic Affairs at the Jacobs School of Music Summer Piano Academy, where he has been on the faculty for over ten years, and chairs District C of the Indiana Music Teachers Association.

Previously, Tony taught at Vincennes University and had been Accompanying Coordinator as well as an Associate Instructor of Piano and Music Theory at the Jacobs School. He often performs with mezzo-soprano Yana Weinstein, as well as with baritone Andre Campelo. For several years, he has been involved in a project of performances, translations, and IPA transcriptions of the songs of Nikolai Medtner. He is also engaged in BrahmsFest – a multi-year exploration of the chamber and solo piano works of Johannes Brahms.




Kirsten Gunlogson is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Butler University. She holds BM and MM degrees as well as a Performer’s Certificate from IU Jacobs School of Music. 

Grammy nominated Mezzo-Soprano Kirsten Gunlogson’s voice has been described as “rich”, “creamy” and “beautifully dramatic”. She has performed all over the World with National and International Symphony Orchestras and Opera Theaters.

Recent performances include a solo concert with the OMSK Philharmonic in OMSK, Russia, the roles of Mother, Chinese Tea Cup and Dragonfly in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, the role of Ma Joad in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. Other performance highlights include Maddalena in Rigoletto, the title role of Bizet’s Carmen, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, a gala celebration concert with Nashville Opera, and Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Indianapolis Opera. Ms. Gunlogson appeared with Nashville Symphony as The Chinese Cup/A Herdsman/The White Cat on their GRAMMY-nominated CD of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Other recordings include a performance of The Mother in Amahl and The Night Visitors with The Nashville Symphony, also released by the Naxos label. 


Ukrainian-born mezzo soprano Yana Weinstein grew up in a family of musicians and began studying voice and piano at the age of five. She was a main soloist of the award-winning Shkolniye Gody children’s choir, with which she toured all over Europe and the former USSR and won international choral competitions in Bulgaria and Spain. Shortly following her graduation with her first degrees in voice and choral conducting, her family immigrated to the United States, where she has been living for over twenty years.

Ms. Weinstein earned a B.M. degree magna cum laude in Vocal Performance from Northern Kentucky University, and a M.M. degree from the Ohio State. She is pursuing her doctorate at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. While at OSU and IU, she appeared as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Gherardino in Gianni Schicchi, Suora Zelatrice in Suor Angelica, and gave a performance of Lee Hoiby’s mono-opera Bon Appetit! At Indiana State University, Ms. Weinstein teaches piano, voice, music theory and conducts the Women’s Choir. She has given a number of programs with special emphasis on Russian repertoire. Her research topics include music and poetic text, vocal pedagogy for the pre-teens, vocal pedagogy and music theory, and the songs of Nikolai Medtner.