Rising Star Talent Productions became a reality in the summer of 1985. As the parents of young competitors, five people came together to produce a talent competition that would treat teachers, contestants and parents in a way that would instill pride and confidence in young minds. In the fall of 1986, the first competition was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The current directors, Gail Jordan and Sharon Jordan have been with the company since its inception.
Rising Star Talent Productions prides itself on the manner in which all aspects of the company are handled. It is the personal attention to each individual that creates the “family” concept. Rising Star staff members are assigned to areas in which they become the expert of that area as well as being able to assist any participant that needs help.
We always look forward to getting feedback from our teachers and studio owners as to
changes they would like to see within the organization or things that we do that
are appreciated. It was from those
seminars in 1997 that Rising Star made one
of its biggest changes. In 1998, Rising Star
changed its form of scoring to a combination of placement and adjudication (see
rules and regulations for a complete explanation). Rising
Star awards over $150,000 in cash
and prizes each year.