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Announcing MYSO Auditions for the 2015-16 season

Be sure to complete the Student Information Form before your audition!


April 15-19, 2015

Call 414-267-2912 to make an appointment beginning March 16!
Dear MYSO Member,

Remember that every member in MYSO must play an audition in order to participate in MYSO each season. As in years past, your audition will consist of:
•    a short solo or etude, approximately 3-4 minutes in length (no piano accompaniment). It is best if this solo includes passages of contrasting styles and/or tempos. Choose a piece that demonstrates your best playing.
•    major scales
•    sightreading
See the information below for specific requirements and details.

Take advantage of MYSO’s great summer programming. Visit our website for information on how to get involved, or call us at (414) 267-2906.

Scheduling Your MYSO Audition

HOW:       Call 414-267-2912 for an appointment
WHEN:     Beginning Monday, March 16
                 March 16-18: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
                 March 19-April 14: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

                Please note: the appointment line is only staffed during these times.

Special note: Current Philharmonia, Wind Ensemble and Sinfonia musicians will NOT be able to schedule their MYSO audition for a time that overlaps their scheduled MYSO rehearsal time.


When & Where You Will Audition:

DATES & TIMES:     Wednesday, April 15, 3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
                                 Thursday, April 16, 3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
                                  Friday, April 17, 3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
                                  Saturday, April 18, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
                                  Sunday, April 19, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

LOCATION:               Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee
Please know that appointment times for each instrument are limited and may not be available on all five days. When you call for your audition appointment, a MYSO volunteer will inform you of the specific times available.

Playing Your Audition

In the 5-10 minute audition, musicians are evaluated on intonation, interpretation, tone, rhythm (particularly in the sightreading), overall technique and scale proficiency. Placement into a specific ensemble is based primarily on achievement in these areas, as well as on the difficulty of the solo played; age; musical, social and emotional maturity; instrumental need in the ensembles, etc. Our intent is to do what will be in the best interests of both the student and the overall MYSO program.

Audition Requirements

I. Scales: All musicians will be asked to play one or more major scales in as many octaves as possible, at the student’s prepared rhythm and articulation, in one or more of the following keys: G, D, A, C, B-flat, E-flat. Woodwind, brass, and percussion players should also be prepared to play A-flat and E major scales (anything up to 4 sharps or flats in the key signature). The scales we ask are specific to your instrument and not “concert pitch.” Advanced musicians may be asked to play additional scales.

II. Solo: Musicians must present a prepared solo or etude, no more than 3-4 minutes in length, preferably with contrasting tempos and/or styles (no piano accompaniment). We certainly want to hear you play music that is challenging and shows your ability, but whatever you choose should be played well.
Percussionists: Students must present a prepared solo or etude on either on the snare drum, xylophone, marimba or timpani (something brief on snare, timpani and a keyboard instrument is best).  With regard to percussion equipment, all instruments will be supplied, but please bring your own sticks and mallets.

III. Sightreading from the judge’s material.

After the Audition

You will be notified by mail in mid- June regarding your placement into a MYSO ensemble.

MYSO Participation

Please remember that MYSO members are expected to participate in their school music programs on the same instrument they play in MYSO.

Click here for more information on MYSO's ensemble offerings.

ENSEMBLES                   REHEARSAL DAYS AND TIMES (these days and times are subject to change)
Senior Symphony              Mondays, 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
Chamber Orchestra           various Wednesdays, 4:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Metropolitan Symphony     Mondays, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Philharmonia                      Thursdays, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
String Orchestra                 Central: Mondays, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
                                             North: Mondays, 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
                                             South: Mondays,  6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
                                             West: Mondays, 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Sinfonia                              Thursdays, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Wind Ensemble                  Thursdays, 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Chamber Flute Ensemble   Mondays, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Flute Chorale                      Mondays, 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Soca                                   Thursdays, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Calypso                              Thursdays, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Progressions                       Various days/times weekly
Jazz Studies                       Wednesdays or Thursdays

Other opportunities for MYSO members include the Davidson Chamber Ensemble Program, concerto competitions, Masterclass Series, the Junior Symphony Orchestra, Music Theory classes, John Downey Creation Project for young composers, our Neighborhood and Community Concert Series, ‘side by side’ rehearsal and coaching opportunities with professional musicians and much more. Click here for more information on MYSO's enrichment programs.

Membership fee: Fees for the 2015-16 season will be announced by April 15.

Spread the word!

Get your friends involved with MYSO. Please share the MYSO website——and send MYSO their info—send an e-mail to with your friends’ name, address, phone number, instrument, grade in school and name of private teacher. Share the fun, and make your MYSO experience even better!



Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

325 West Walnut Street, Milwaukee, WI  53212 

Telephone: (414) 267-2950

Fax:  (414) 267-2960