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Read about the Finals Performance & Competition in Cleveland Jewish News’s Article.


Congratulations to the four Shining Star CLE winners!















Meet the Top 10 Finalists!




Meet the 2 Alternates!


  • Round 1 – Video Auditions:
    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 – In-person Auditions:
    Students will perform at one of three in-person auditions, in front of a panel of judges, that will be held at various locations in Northeast Ohio. The top 25 students will advance to the semifinals.
  • Round 3 -Semifinals:
    Judges will select the top 10 students, and two alternates, to perform in the final competition.
  • Round 4 – Finals:
    The top 10 students will perform at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square! A multi-piece band will accompany the students in a group performance, as well as their solo numbers. The top four students selected by the judges will be asked to perform a final song.

Meet Monica Robins

Finals Competition Host

Monica Robins is an Emmy award-winning reporter and senior Health correspondent at WKYC, a strong advocate for improving the lives of those living with dementia and the lead singer in two local bands – Monica Robins and The Whiskey Kings (Rock) and Monica Robins and The Ninja Cowboys (Country). Learn more about Monica at or click the link for more information about her bands at—current-country-hits.

Meet Jordan Cooper

Artistic Director

Jordan Cooper is the artistic director for Shining Star CLE 2017 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, Bridges of Madison County (Lakeland); The Toxic Avenger, Godspell, The Frogs (Cain Park); The Little Foxes (Cleveland Play House); A Civil War Christmas and Peter & The Starcatcher (Dobama).



We are thrilled and proud to share that we have five professionally diverse and talented judges from across the country lined up for Shining Star CLE 2019!