2019 Pathways to Success Event

Thursday, May 2, 2019

5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
325 West Walnut Street, Milwaukee

At right: 2018 Pathways to Success / Homebound Photography, Sarah May

2019 Host Committee

Cathy & Mario Costantini
Margarete & David Harvey
Angela Johnston
Andy Nunemaker

Jodi Peck & Les Weil
Julie & Mark Steinhafel
Kate & Don Wilson



All proceeds from the event will support our financial aid programs for young musicians, including membership, touring, and more.


To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or ways to support this event, please click the image at right or contact Emily Lukasek, Development Director, at 414-267-2952 or emilylukasek@myso.org. You may also register or donate online.


Pathways to Success Registration

Your gift less $65 per ticket received is tax deductible. An acknowledgment will be provided for tax purposes. Please contact Development Director Emily Lukasek, at 414-267-2952 or emilylukasek@myso.org, with any questions.
STRINGS: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Harp

WINDS: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone)

BRASS: Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Baritone, Tuba

PERCUSSION: More experienced players should prepare a solo on the Snare Drum, Xylophone/Marimba and Timpani. Younger players should prepare a solo on one or more of these. Call with questions!

JAZZ: All instruments listed above plus Piano, Guitar, and Electric Bass

STEEL PANS: Students from the City of Milwaukee who have a good sense of rhythm and a great attitude are encouraged to try out for this award-winning program.

Please know that appointment times for each instrument are limited and may not be available on all five days.


  • Wednesday, April 11, 3:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 12, 3:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday, April 13, 3:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 14, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 15, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM


  • Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee

Three Part Audition: Scales, Solo, Sightreading

It’s simple! During a 5-10 minute audition, one of MYSO’s professionals will listen to the student’s technical ability, tone, rhythm, intonation, interpretation and musicality.

Placement into a specific ensemble is based primarily on achievement in these areas. Additional factors such as difficulty of the solo performed; prior experience in orchestra or band; age; musical, social and emotional maturity; and instrumental need in the ensembles are also considered.

Our intent is to do what will be in the best interests of both the student and the ensembles.


The audition experience will begin with the student being asked to play at least one scale.

Scales most often asked are G, D, A, C, B-flat and E-flat. Students who play wind, brass, or mallet instruments should also be prepared to play A-flat and E major scales (anything up to four sharps or flats in the key signature). The scales we ask are specific to your instrument and not “concert pitch.” More advanced musicians may be asked additional scales in both major and minor keys.


Everyone must present a prepared solo or etude, no more than 3-4 minutes in length, preferably with contrasting tempos and/or styles (with no piano accompaniment).


The final part of the audition is a short section of music which helps determine how the student reads and understands printed music.

Students will be notified by mail by the middle of June regarding placement decisions.

When available, along with the placement we’ll include constructive comments regarding the audition in this mailing.

Most MYSO ensembles rehearse once a week during the school year. The season begins in September and continues through May. MYSO musicians are expected to enroll in their school music programs on the same instrument they play in MYSO.

Additional opportunities for members of MYSO include the Davidson Chamber Ensemble Program, concerto competitions, music theory classes, John Downey Creation Project for young composers, our Community Concert Series, ‘side by side’ rehearsal and coaching opportunities with professional musicians and much more. Learn more about our supplemental programs.