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The 19th Annual Jean L. Petitt Memorial Music Scholarship Competition took place on Sunday, November 19, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 217 of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The Cleveland Institute of Music – 11021 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

The Jean L. Petitt Memorial Music Scholarship is open to instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers up to age 18. Applicants must be current residents and currently attend school in one of the following Ohio counties: Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Summit, Medina or Lorain.

Applicants must be prepared to perform a suitable piece from musical theater, popular standards, big band, jazz, or light classics. More details can be had by reading competition rules.

To apply, download the Application & Rules Form, fill it out, and send to the Cleveland POPS Orchestra before November 17, 2017. The application may be printed and mailed/faxed or filled out as a PDF and emailed to Gordon L. Petitt at


Scholarship Competition
Cleveland POPS Orchestra
24000 Mercantile Rd., Unit #8
Beachwood, OH 44122


Fax: (216) 765-1931

The grand prize winner of the competition must be willing, able and available to perform a solo with The Cleveland POPS Orchestra during one of its regular concerts at Severance Hall, as determined by Conductor Carl Topilow. A cash prize of $500 will also be awarded to the grand prize winner.

Previous winners:

If you have further questions, please contact the Cleveland Pops Orchestra 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 the address listed above. 

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