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Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Auditions

325 W. Walnut St., Milwaukee, WI, 53212


Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra is currently taking appointments for auditions for 2013-14, its 59th season. Auditions will be held Wednesday, April 2 through Sunday, April 6, 2014, and will take place at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee. Young musicians interested in auditioning must call the MYSO office for an appointment at 414-267-2912 between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM, weekdays.

MYSO is open to string players ages 8-18 and to woodwind, brass and percussion players who will be in grades 6-12 next school year. Students at all levels of experience and ability are welcome and encouraged to audition. Advanced players are especially encouraged to audition.

Of particular interest in the upcoming season is the summer 2015 Senior Symphony tour to Vienna and Budapest as well as the creation of an additional full symphony orchestra to accommodate MYSO's growth in the last decade.

For the audition, students will be asked to prepare a solo or etude, three to four minutes in length, preferably with contrasting tempos. It need not be memorized, and there is to be no piano accompaniment. The audition will also consist of sightreading from the judge's material and, depending on the student's experience and ability, major and/or minor scales.

Most groups rehearse one time per week during the school year (schedule below). The MYSO season begins in September and continues through May.

           Senior Symphony - Monday evenings
           Chamber Orchestra - Wednesday afternoons   
NEW! Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra - Monday evenings
           Philharmonia - weeknight to be announced
           Junior Wind Ensemble - Thursday evenings
           Sinfonia - Thursday afternoons
           String Orchestra-North - Monday evenings
           String Orchestra-South - Monday evenings
           String Orchestra-Central - Monday evenings
           String Orchestra-West - Monday evenings
           Prelude Orchestra - Monday afternoons
           Chamber Flute Ensemble - Monday afternoons
           Flute Chorale - Monday evenings
           Calypso Steel Band - Thursday evenings
           Soca Steel Band - Thursday afternoons
           Progressions - Various times each week
           Jazz Studies - Various times each week

Other opportunities include master classes, the Davidson Chamber Ensemble Program, recitals, clinics, composition opportunities through the John Downey Creation Project, concerto competitions and community engagement concerts. Musicians in MYSO are expected to participate in their school music programs, playing the same instrument they play in MYSO.

There is no cost to audition. Financial assistance (based on demonstrated need) is available to help with MYSO membership fees.

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