Shining Star CLE is a unique solo-singing competition giving Northeast Ohio high school students the chance to compete for college scholarships. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, watch as the Top-10 Finalists put on the performance of their lifetimes live-streamed and open to the public on August 29, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Watch it all LIVE via this website, Facebook Live or the Shining Star CLE YouTube Channel
Shining Star CLE 2021 Honorary Co-Chairs: Judy & Morry Weiss
Shining Star CLE 2021 Event Co-Chairs:
Meredith & Jason Hillman, Audrey & Kenny Koblitz, Susi & Peter Meisel,
Carmie & Todd Stein, Beverley & Richard Uria
Meet Connor Bogart O’Brien
The Artistic Director
A native of Ashtabula, Connor grew up as a classical violinist before ultimately studying vocal performance/opera at the Eastman School of Music in New York. During his time at Eastman, he was accepted into the nationally ranked male acapella group, The University of Rochester Yellowjackets, (as seen on NBC’s The Sing Off) as a featured soloist.
Connor has been a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a songwriter, several of his original songs have been featured on national television including ABC’s Days of Our Lives and MTV’s
Inside Out, the lead single from his first album, vaulted to the number one radio position in France. Two full-length albums followed, which led to performing as the opening act on more than 20 national tours including Jim Brickman, Huey Lewis and the News, Rick Springfield, Hall & Oates and Mariah Carey.
In normal times, Connor can be heard singing and recording jingles for companies such as Hasbro Toys and American Greetings, as well as in more than 32 countries worldwide as a headlining act on Princess, Holland America, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean cruise lines.
It’s easy! Just record yourself singing your favorite song and upload your video audition here. Three minutes max • Piano accompaniment, personal instrument usage or acapella are preferred, but recorded accompaniment is allowed.
- Round 1: Online video auditions between April 1 and June 13, 2021
- Round 2: Virtual “live” auditions June 28 and June 29, 2021
- Round 3: Virtual Semifinals July 11, 2021
THE VIRTUAL FINALS PERFORMANCE & COMPETITION
SUNDAY, August 29, 2021 • 7 PM
THE JUDGING PROCESS
Contestants will be judged by independent, accomplished, music professionals representing the wonderful diversity of Northeast Ohio and who are qualified in a wide variety of musical genres including, but not limited to, pop, R&B, classical, jazz and musical theater. For the online audition screening, live auditions and semifinals, a panel of judges will choose the students who will advance to the following rounds. The Finals judges will select the top four students following the initial pre-recorded performances. The top four will perform a second time, then the audience, in conjunction with the judges, will select the order of the winners.
THE MENORAH PARK FOUNDATION
As the sponsor organization and fundraising arm Menorah Park, the Menorah Park Foundation will be producing the fifth annual season of this solo-singing competition, Shining Star CLE. The organization will be soliciting sponsorships from corporate and individual donors, selling advertising space for a playbill and will hold a “telethon” during the virtual FINALS. All proceeds over and above the cost of the production and college scholarships will be used to support a wide variety of dementia/memory care services as well as COVID-19 expenses on our campuses and in homes throughout Northeast Ohio.