Audition Period Open for ‘Shining Star CLE’ High School Vocal Competition

Audition Period Open for ‘Shining Star CLE’ High School Vocal Competition

Video auditions are being accepted for Shining Star CLE, the inaugural solo-singing competition for high school students.

The competition is free to enter and all genres of music are welcome. Entrants must be high school students with a graduation date between 2018-2021, who live in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Medina or Summit counties (homeschool students are included).

Auditions will remain open through July 1.

A panel of expert judges from around the region will screen the entries and invite up to 300 students to in-person auditions with a team of professional artists and musicians. The top 10 will compete in a professionally staged “Finals Performance” at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. That evening, more than $20,000 in college scholarships will be awarded to the top four contestants.

The first place winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship and the chance to perform with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall. Other winners include: second place, $5,000 scholarship; third place, $2,500 scholarship; fourth place, $1,000 scholarship. The high school music department of the first place winner will receive $2,500.

To enter, upload a video audition to

Proceeds of the competition will benefit memory care programs at Montefiore and The Weils, nonprofit organizations specializing in senior healthcare, as well as “in-home” memory care programs that reach the entire Greater Cleveland community.

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