Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra

Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra

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.

Under the baton of conductor Carl Topilow, Youth Orchestra members explore the music of Broadway, Hollywood, jazz, light classics, and popular songs.

The Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra musicians receive coaching from members of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and teachers from The Music Settlement. Musicians will also 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 in University Circle, starting on Monday, September 30.

Audition Information:

Auditions for fall semester are being offered in person on the following dates:

  • Monday, September 16th from 4-7pm at The Music Settlement. 
  • Monday, September 23rd from 4-7pm at the Aurora School of Music.
  • You may also make a submission electronically (through video submission with the “Apply” link).
  • Auditions consist of a solo piece of the applicant’s choice.

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

All submissions are to be done online.

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