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Does your High School student have what it takes to be a 'Shining Star'?

Second annual singing competition returns! Audition submission deadline is July 1, 2018.

Shining Star CLE is a unique solo singing competition open to High School students in select counties who have the chance to win scholarship money. The event benefits Montefiore’s Memory Care Network which implements music programs, services and events that help reawaken precious memories in individuals with dementia.


Any high school student in grades 9 – 12 (as of October 2018) in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage or Summit counties (including home-schooled students).

There is no entry fee.


Upload a video HERE: shiningstarcle.submittable.com/submit

The video can be no longer than three minutes and choose the part of the song that really shows off ability.

Piano accompaniment, personal instrument usage or acapella is accepted.

The deadline for video submissions is July 1, 2018.

A group of recognized music professionals will judge the online submissions and select up to 300 students to advance to the next round.


If student is selected to advance they will perform at an in-person audition held August 9-12, 2018.

The audition takes place 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 at The Finals Performance & Competition. Those chosen will be required to attend two weeks of rehearsels leading up to the Finals.

Round 4 – The Finals: Sunday, October 7, 2018

  • The Top-10 Finalists 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 and the audience along with the judges will rank the final four and award the scholarships.


1st PLACE: $10,000 college scholarship & the opportunity to perform with Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall.

2nd PLACE: $5,000 college scholarship.

3rd PLACE: $2,500 college scholarship.

4th PLACE: $1,000 college scholarship.

BONUS PRIZE: $2,500 to 1st PLACE WINNER’S high school music department.

The event benefits Montifiore’s dementia care programs that involve music.

Music allows individuals with dementia to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories stored deep within the brain, according to the non-profit organization, Music & Memory.

While Alzheimer’s damages the ability to recall facts and details, it does not destroy these lasting connections between a favorite song or melody and the memory associated with it, no matter how long ago.

Montefiore’s Memory Care Network implements music programs, services and events that help reawaken these precious memories in individuals with dementia. Our network includes two memory care assisted living communities – The Willensky Residence at Montefiore in Beachwood and The David and Freda Robinson Residence at The Weils in Chagrin Falls – and the Home Smart Memory Care program for those who wish to remain at home.

The Finals Performance & Competition which takes place Sunday, October 7, 2018 will help raise necessary funds to keep memory care programs at Montefiore and The Weils operating.