Auditioning at MYSO

Your MYSO audition is the first step you’ll take toward making music with many other wonderful musicians just like you. You’ll be inspired, challenged, and receive expert guidance from those who care about you and your musical development.

Auditions for our 2020-21 season have closed, but there are still a few openings for select instruments. For inquiries, please contact us at 414.267.2950 or

To receive information about our 2021-22 season auditions, please complete the form near the bottom of this page, and you will hear from us after January 1.

Find your place at MYSO

Share powerful musical experiences with like-minded peers. Dare to challenge yourself musically, intellectually, and personally. Find sanctuary at MYSO and a safe place for creative self-expression, exploration, and personal discovery. Slip into an environment that takes you away from the ordinary and the everyday to an uplifting, thought-provoking, and entertaining place. Participate in the cultural vibrancy of Milwaukee with our diverse student body.

Interact with instructors dedicated to developing confidence and critical life skills necessary to reach your full potential. They are comprised of the region’s most sought-after musicians, music educators, and teaching artists, including members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Placement Auditions

All members are required to audition (some ensemble exceptions exist) in order to participate during the following season. Auditions are held in the spring for the following school year. Details are usually communicated at the end of January to beginning of February.

Seating Auditions

In addition, each musician will audition for his or her conductor in order to determine section/chair placement and to make part assignments. These auditions typically occur in mid-to-late August. Requirements vary and are usually announced in July.

Audition Notification

If you are interested in auditioning for MYSO's 2021-22 season, please fill out this form. You will be added to a mailing list and contacted once information about auditions is released and posted on our website.
Please provide an email for a parent/guardian that we can add to a mailing list and contact when audition information for the 2021-22 season is available.
What instrument do you or your child wish to audition on?
Please provide a phone number that your student or a parent/guardian can be easily reached if necessary.

Audition FAQs

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.

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.

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