Coming This Spring, Shining Star CLE 2018
A Northeast Ohio High School Solo-Singing Competition


A unique solo-singing competition for any genre of music with finalists performing at the prestigious Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. Students will compete for college scholarships.


Any high school student in grades 9-12 (as of October 2019) in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage or Summit counties (including home-schooled students).
No entry fee.


  • 1ST PLACE WINNER of Shining Star CLE receives a $10,000 college scholarship plus the opportunity to perform with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall.
  • 2ND PLACE WINNER receives a $5,000 college scholarship
  • 3RD PLACE WINNER receives a $2,500 college scholarship
  • 4TH PLACE WINNER receives a $1,000 college scholarship
  • BONUS PRIZE: $2,500 to the high school music department of the 1st place winner


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2018 • 7 PM


Contestants will be judged by independent, accomplished, music professionals and supervised by Shining Star CLE Artistic Director Jordan Cooper.


Round 1: April 1 – July 1, 2018
Eligible students can upload their video audition, singing a song of their choice, to Students have three minutes max. Piano accompaniment, personal instrument usage or acapella are welcome. A group of recognized music professionals will judge the online submissions and select the top 300 students to advance to the next round.

Round 2: August 9-12, 2018
Students will perform at an in-person audition, in front of a panel of judges, that will be held at Montefiore in Beachwood. The top 25 students will advance to the semifinals.

Round 3 (Semifinals): Sunday, August 26, 2018
Judges will select the top 10 students, and two alternates, to perform in The Finals.

Round 4 (The Finals Performance & Competition): Sunday, October 7, 2018
The top 10 students will perform at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square! A multi-piece band will accompany the students in group performances, as well as their solo performances.


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, in-person auditions and semifinals, a panel of judges will choose the students who will advance to the next round. Finals judges will select the top four students following the initial performances that evening. The top four will perform a second time, then the audience, in combination with the judges, will select the order of the winners.


Jordan Cooper, returning for the second year, is the artistic director for Shining Star CLE 2018 and will manage the entire production. His resume includes 20 years of classical piano training and musical directing throughout the East Coast and Northeast Ohio. Jordan’s love of theater and passion for the arts began at a young age and has flourished into a thriving theatrical career.

Jordan is an accomplished director, conductor, music director and pianist who has worked at Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Playhouse Square, Lakeland Civic Theatre, Cain Park, The Florida Repertory Theatre Company, Near West Theatre and the Cassidy Theatre. His favorite Cleveland theater credits include: Next To Normal, The Light In the Piazza, Violet, Into the Woods (Lakeland); The Toxic Avenger, Godspell, The Frogs (Cain Park); The Little Foxes (Cleveland Play House); A Civil War Christmas, Peter & The Starcatcher (Dobama).


Help spread the word! Encourage your students who have a passion for singing to enter the competition in early spring 2018 by uploading their video auditions between April 1 and July 1, 2018 to

Specific details will be promoted through emails to teachers and music coaches and directors, as well as directly to students via, social media and television and radio partners.


As the sponsor organization and fundraising arm of Montefiore and The Weils, nonprofit organizations in Beachwood and Chagrin Falls, The Montefiore Foundation will be producing its inaugural singing competition, Shining Star CLE. The organization will be selling tickets and soliciting sponsorships from corporate and individual donors. 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 on the Montefiore and The Weils campuses and in homes throughout Northeast Ohio.