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.

This year, MYSO has been successful in providing in-person rehearsals and performances. Musicians rehearse in our home, the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, which has emphasized safety in adherence to national and local safety protocols, with a state-of-the-art ventilation system, high ceilings, and large spaces that allow us to conduct physically distanced in-person rehearsals.

Videos due April 30

This spring we are holding auditions via online video submission for our 2021-22 season. Proceed here for information on what to prepare and how to submit your audition video due April 30, 2021, and complete the form below by March 31, 2021, to register for your audition.

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For more information about our programs, go to our home page. Thank you for your interest in auditioning for MYSO!

audition/video requirements

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 in January.

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.

Complete by March 31, 2021.

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 enrichment programs.

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