Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra

Applications to join the youth orchestra are now being accepted! 

Auditions will be held at The Music Settlement on the following days:

September 9th, 2019 from 4-7pm


September 16th, 2019 from 4-7pm

Use the link below to apply.

The renowned Cleveland Pops Orchestra, in collaboration with The Music Settlement, has established The Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra to nurture and train young musicians to reach their full potential while promoting critical thinking, self-confidence, and leadership skills through music.

Starting Monday, September 30th, Youth Orchestra members will rehearse each Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Music Settlement in University Circle. Under the baton of conductor Carl Topilow, Youth Orchestra members will explore the music of Broadway, Hollywood, jazz, light classics and popular songs. Auditions for ensemble will be open to intermediate-to-advanced skill level string, woodwind and brass students ages 12 to 18.

The Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra musicians will also receive coaching from members of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and teachers from The Music Settlement.

  • Perform two different programs, plus side by side with the renowned Cleveland Pops Orchestra at their holiday concert! 
  • Season two begins this fall! The Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra rehearses on Mondays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at The Music Settlement, starting on Monday, September 30.
  • Auditions consist of a solo piece of the applicant’s choice. Auditions may be performed either in person or electronically (via video submission).
  • Auditions are open to students ages 12-18.

Audition Information:

September 2019: To Apply Click Here!

Auditions for fall semester are being offered in person at The Music Settlement on Monday, Septmeber 9th from 4-7pm and Monday, September 16th from 4-7pm. You may also make a submission electronically (through video submission). Special visits to high schools may occur if these options are not feasible.

Video submissions can be uploaded below through Google Drive or emailed to (Dropbox and Google Drive links will also be accepted)

Students are encouraged to audition before June, but August and September auditions will be held to fill remaining openings.

All submissions are to be done through the link above.