SING WITH US & MElissa etheridge

The Contemporary Youth Orchestra Chorus is auditioning singers, grades 7-12, to join the Contemporary Youth Orchestra in concert with Melissa Etheridge at Severance Hall. (CYO Alum, we'd also love to have you! Please email Daniel directly to discuss availability.)

Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. CYO has teamed with the singer/songwriter legend to produce an intimate live event that will feature rarely heard tracks from the singer’s multi-decade musical career. 

Complete the form below to sign up for an audition. There is a $100 fee for participation, and scholarships are available based on financial need.

Full rehearsal schedule is at the bottom of the page. Please direct any questions to Daniel Singer at


Want to sing with us?!

Email chorus director Daniel Singer at to set up an audition!

Please prepare one song (any style or genre) and bring sheet music for our pianist. Auditions will take approximately 10 minutes. 


Please complete the form below.

Participant Information
Parent/Guardian Information
Address *
Media Release *
1. I hereby allow my child to participate upon my own initiative and application and assume all risks of his or her participation in the Contemporary Youth Orchestra. In consideration of her/his participation in said program, I do hereby waive and release all claims arising as a result of personal injuries or property loss during such program, except claims due to willful and malicious gross negligence, against the CYO, its officers, agents, trustees, and members, and further hereby agree that no suit of action of law shall be instituted for the above reason by me or others, including my child. 2. I hereby consent to and authorize the use and reproduction by CYO of any and all recordings, photographs and other audiovisual materials taken of my child or containing the performances of my child, or pictures or other reproductions of myself attending CYO events, for promotional material, educational activities or for any other use for the benefit of CYO, including commercial activities, all without any compensation to me or my child. I waive any claim for damages associated with the preceding, including claims based on a right of privacy, false light invasion of privacy, public disclosure of private facts, false endorsement, infringement of a copyright or trademark, and/or based on false designation of origin, false endorsement and/or defamation. I expressly waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product incorporating my (or child’s) image, likeness, and performances. This consent and release will be binding upon me and my heirs, legal representatives, successors, and assigns.
Medical Release *
I hereby consent, during my absence, for all medical and/or surgical treatment and/or special procedures which may be required during our absence. Without in any manner limiting the foregoing appointment and authorization, if circumstances permit, I would like to have our doctor (stated below) consulted in connection with such medical and/or surgical treatment and/or special procedures.
Audition Date Request
Audition Date Request

ReheaRsal schedule

Tuesday, May 9  6:30-8:30p

Saturday, May 13 10a-12:30p

Tuesday, May 16  6:30-8:30p

Saturday, May 20 10a-12:30p

Tuesday, May 23  6:30-8:30p

Saturday, May 27 10a-12:30p

Tuesday, May 30  6:30-8:30p

Saturday, June 3 9:30a-12:30p

Tuesday, June 6  3-7p

Wednesday, June 7 (at Severance Hall)  1-5p rehearsal | 7:30p concert

All rehearsals at Cleveland State University (Music and Communications Building), 2001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland unless otherwise noted.

Please direct questions to Daniel Singer at