Lamorinda Idol 2017 Overview

Lamorinda Idol

2017 is the twelfth year of Lamorinda Idol.  The program is open to young people in kindergarten through 12th grade who either attend school or reside in Orinda, Moraga or Lafayette.  Entries may be made by individual soloists or by groups. Young people from other communities can participate in the group categories, providing that at least one of their group is from Lamorinda. 

Registration for Auditions will take place April 1 - 30.

Auditions will be held in May 2017 when Finalists and Runners-up will be selected by a panel of three judges. The Finalists will perform at the Finals held at the Orinda Theatre in August 2017. Soloists will compete in four categories by grade and groups will compete in three categories by grade.  At the Finals, performers will receive immediate feedback from a panel of three judges.  Winners in each category will be based on a combination of the judges' scoring and the audience vote.  An Audience Award will be given to that participant who was not a category winner with the highest number of audience votes, adjusted for category size and number of total category votes.  Winners receive cash prizes.

Finalists and Runners-up will have the opportunity to attend or participate in a number of other events, including workshops, performances at the Lafayette Plaza, Orinda Community Park, Orinda Theatre Square, and the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival.  Winners will be invited to perform at the Orinda Car Show, the Lamorinda Arts Council holiday luncheon and the Orinda 4th of July parade. Finalists, runners-up and their families will be invited to a pool and karaoke party.    

For a complete description of Lamorinda Idol download the Participants’ Information Packet.                                              

Organizing Committee


Steve Harwood




Lamorinda Arts Council Board Liaison


June Lim



Administrative Assistant

Jen McFarlane




Kim Tarantino


Catherine Coletta


Carol Van De Poel


Alyssa Harris



Kelly Cannon



Esther Becker


Jacqueline Welch


Natalie Wheeler


Parent Volunteers Assignments

Stephanie Barmmer


Performance Workshops

Ren Wilson


Events and Performances

Sean O'Conner


Sonya Schroeder


Mary Gabrielson  


Finals Emcees and Judges

Casey Sasner


Stephanie Barmmer



Roxana Chacon


Shelly Rose


Audio Manager

Neris Newton


Rehearsal and Finals

Catherine Chen


Erin Ackdoe


Betsy Streeter


Bill Cosden


Natalie Wheeler

For any questions, contact us and the appropriate person will respond