String Orchestra Concerto Competition


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

The winner performs as soloist—accompanied by members of the String Orchestra—in the

String Serenade Concert

Saturday, May 16, 2020, 1:00 pm

Shattuck Music Center Auditorium, Carroll University

Application and deadline
  • Please use the online application form at the link below to submit your information.
  • You will receive an emailed confirmation of your application. Print out this email and obtain signatures of the applicant, a parent, and the applicant’s private teacher.
  • The signed email printout must be received in the office (325 West Walnut Street, Milwaukee, 53212) no later than Monday, October 14, 2019.
  • Confirmation of receipt of applications will be sent. Please call the office if you do not receive this by November 1.
  • This competition is open only to musicians in MYSO’s String Orchestra; previous winners of the String Orchestra Concerto Competition are ineligible.
  • Musicians may audition only on his/her instrument played in String Orchestra.
  • Musicians must be in good standing and up-to-date with all membership fees in order to compete.
  • Musicians who fail to show up for the competition without a phone call notification to the MYSO office at least 24 hours in advance of January 11 may be considered ineligible to compete in any MYSO Concerto Competition in 2021.
  • Memorization is preferred but not required.
  • Piano accompaniment is required.Families must make their own arrangements. Call our office if you need assistance.
  • Required repertoire:

Violin — Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 5 (NOT the version from “Fun with Solos”)

Solo Part

Accompaniment Part

Viola — Seitz, Concerto No. 5 in G major, mvt. I (Suzuki Book 4)

Cello — Vivaldi, Sonata in E minor, mvt. II (Allegro) (Suzuki Book 5)

Bass — Earl, Mummers (Danse Grotesque)

  • Solo parts will be made available in rehearsal. Please see the Music Director if you intend to compete.
  • MYSO is not able to guarantee audition times. Please note times you can’t make. Consider your accompanist’s schedule.
  • Concerto competitions for Metropolitan Symphony, Philharmonia, Sinfonia, String Orchestra, Chamber Flute Ensemble, and Flute Chorale will occur simultaneously on January 11.

Contact Marna Bestul at or 414-267-2945 with questions.

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