Jean L. Petitt Annual Music Scholarship Competition

This scholarship is designed to give recognition and encouragement to musically gifted teens through the opportunity to perform on stage with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and receive a cash award to be applied to their continuing studies.

Entry is open to all youth up to age 18 residing and attending high school or homeschool in the seven-county Greater Cleveland region. Contestants can be singers, dancers or instrumentalists. They must be prepared to perform a full-length musical selection from memory. Choice of selection may be drawn from standard popular music repertoire, including songs, dances or instrumental solos found in Broadway musicals, big band arrangements, jazz or light classics.

The grand prize winner of the competition will perform with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at one of their regularly scheduled concerts at Severance Hall or Playhouse Square. The winner will also receive a $500 cash award.

2019 Scholarship Competition 

Sunday, November 24, 2019  5:00pm-8:00pm

Cleveland Institute of Music, Room 217

11021 E. Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Applications being accepted until 5:00pm November 22nd. See official Rules and Requirements here. 

To apply fill out the form below. 

Jean L. Petitt Music Scholarship Competition Application

  • (musical, stage performance, other, etc.)
  • By submitting my name above, I agree to the following. My child is a resident and attends school in one of the following counties: Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Summit, Medina or Lorain in the State of Ohio. They will participate in the competition, according to the rules and requirements established by The Cleveland Pops Orchestra. If declared a scholarship winner, they will be able to perform with The Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall on a date to be determined by Conductor Carl Topilow. I give my approval for my child to participate in the Jean L. Petitt Music Scholarship Competition.

Forms can also be downloaded here and sent to the Pops office or emailed to

Previous Winners

If you have further questions, please contact the Gordon Petitt at (216) 765-7677, or by e-mail at

Your tax-deductible gift to the Jean L. Petitt Memorial Music Scholarship Fund is an investment in the future of fine music. Your gift will be acknowledged in the Cleveland Pops program book. Please send your contribution to our office OR fill out our online donation form.