News from the Bill Riley Talent Search

2014 Iowa State Fair Show Wrap Up

Heather Torpy - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It’s been just over a week since we wrapped up our 55th season of the Bill Riley Talent Search. It was a great State Fair and our performers amazed us with their talent. After seven days of preliminaries and three days of semi-finals we were down to ten senior finalists and seven Sprout Champions.

We hope you were able to watch the Championship Show on Iowa Public Television because it was a wonderful show. Thanks to the IPTV crew for making it possible for a statewide audience to see the show.

Our 2014 Champion is Roberto Gemingani, a fabulous piano player. He performed Gnomen-Reigen by Liszt.

Here is a full list of performers from our Championship Show. Thank you to all of our performers, parents, coaches, judges and sponsors for making 2014 such a great year for BRTS!

Fan Favorite:

Allison Koch, Vocal

Sprout Champions:

Silas Johnson, Cello
Ava Schilling, Vocal
Grace Wood, Baton
Kylie Jean Bonorden, Vocal
Cassie Morse, Lyrical Dance
Veronika Silkin, Piano
The Sopha Sisters - Addie, Josie, Ella and Gwen - Vocal Quartet

Senior Division:

Champion Roberto Gemignani, Piano
2nd Place - Emily Solo, Vocal
3rd Place - Renee Brechtel, Violin
4th Place - Kami Badger, Kate Sandage, Hannah McConnell, Karlie Anthofer - Tap
5th Place - Shana Liu, Piano


Tyler Gathercoal, Drums
Lucas Gremler, Yo-Yo
Nathanael Hardy, Violin
Katelyn and Kenzie Paulsen, Lyrical Dance
Katelyn Renze, Vocal

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