This year's panel of judges included former Scioto County resident Janice Cooley Suverkrop
and Professor Bard Suverkrop.
A former Miss Portsmouth and Miss Ohio, Janice
represented the state in the national Miss America competition where she
was the grand talent winner.She
has taken advanced studies in Graz, Austria and was the recipient of the Gramma Fischer scholarship.Janice
is the winner of over thirty solo piano competitions, including the American Musical Scholarship Association
.She has spent ten years as assistant conductor in European opera houses and was leading opera coach at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Germany, which has the largest performing repertoire in the world.Janice was also the musical director of the International Youth Festival and the Wagner Seminar in Bayreuth, Germany.She
has been heard as a pianist with symphony orchestras throughout Germany.A performing educator, Janice is on the artist faculty of the Bay View Music Festival.