High School Programs

Opportunities For Young Musicians

ELIGIBILITY: Instrumental and vocal musicians in grades 10-12 who perform at the WSMA Class A level or above, and live in the five county greater Milwaukee area
COMPETITION DATE: January 26, 2019
LOCATION: First Congregational Church, Wauwatosa
DEADLINE: December 7, 2018

INSTRUMENTAL: Bernard Zinck, Peggy OtwellJames Ripley
VOCAL: Jean BroekhuizenTanya Kruse

Young Artist Scholarships: A total of $4,000 will be awarded in performance opportunities and scholarships to the top musicians.
Lee Guse Memorial Jazz Scholarship: A total of $1,000 will be awarded in performance opportunity and scholarship to the top jazz instrumentalist or vocalist. 
High School Showcase Recital Awards: $250 award for up to 10 classical competitors plus the Lee Guse Memorial Jazz Scholarship recipient. (Winners must perform in the recital to receive the award). 

CIVIC MUSIC will host another exciting performance and scholarship competition for high school students. Audition Day includes workshops and master classes open to all students. Admission is free to auditioning musicians and $5 for non-auditioning participants. The top competitors are given the opportunity to perform in the High School Showcase Recital and receive a stipend for this performance. CIVIC MUSIC Milwaukee offers cash scholarships to high school vocalists and instrumentalists who are selected during the Competition. The announcement of the winners is made at the close of the recital. This recital is free and open to the public. 

HOW TO APPLY: There are two parts to the application. PART I can be filled out online and PART II needs to be printed out, completed and mailed in with your application fee. PART II is in a separate .pdf file found at the bottom of the Part I online application. The option of printing and completing a FULL APPLICATION is also available. A link to all can be found in the navigational menu on the left.  Please feel free to email info@civicmusicmilwaukee.org with any questions. 

EVENT DATE: February 3, 2019
EVENT TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Milwaukee Art Museum
Winners of the Young Artist scholarships will be announced at the close of the recital. Please join us for this inspiring performance! Round out your day immersed in the arts by arriving early to take in the spectacular art and architecture before the recital! This recital is free and open to the public.

Workshop for high school students invites participants and their parents to attend the 45-minute workshop facilitated by Mark Davis, pianist and Chair of the Jazz Institute at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. The workshop is offered as part of the High School Music Competition.
Saturday, January 26, 2019  9:00 AM and 11:00 PM

Workshop for high school students invites participants and their parents to attend the 1-hour workshop facilitated by Scott Stewart, Chorus Master Florentine Opera Company. Pianist Martha Galvin will be available to accompany participating singers.
Saturday, January 26, 2019    12:00 noon and 1:30 PM

Congratulations to these musicians who have won the opportunity to perform in the 2018 SHOWCASE RECITAL on Sunday, February 11, 2018:

Mara Bajic, violin, Oconomowoc, a Kettle Moraine High School senior
Arianna Brusubardis, violin, Dousman, a home schooled senior 
Sarurako Eriksen, piano, Wauwatosa, a Stanford Online High School junior
Jonah Kartman, violin, Glendale, a Nicolet High School sophomore
Madelyn Kudronowicz, xylophone, Cedarburg, a Cedarburg high School student
Callie Olinski, piano, Campbellsport, a Home Schooled High School senior
Julian Rhee, violin, Brookfield, a Brookfield East High School senior
Kathryn Schneider, mezzo soprano, Muskego, a Muskego High School senior

The winners of the 2018 Young Artist Scholarships will be announced at the end of the recital.

Check out the afternoon's program.  Very impressive!

ELIGIBILITY: Selected vocal students in grades 8-9 and instrumental students in grade 4-9
AUDITION: March 23, 2019
LOCATION: First Congregational Church, Wauwatosa

Scholarships provide private lessons to selected vocal and instrumental students in grade 8-9 who have not yet had the opportunity for private study and whose family is in need of a financial helping hand.  On Audition Day, students participate in a workshop on Audition and Recital Preparation and enjoy a performance by winners of the High School Competition. Students in the Private Lesson Program are given the opportunity of private lessons with a professional musician.  As a culminating experience to the year of lessons, students perform on the year-end recital showcasing each participant in a solo performance in front of a live audience. Forty Year 1 positions are available. 

Year 1 students who are recommended by their private teachers are eligible to apply for Year 2. Twelve Year 2 positions are available. And Year 2 students who are recommended by their private teachers are eligible to apply for Year 3. 

The Private Lesson Program is made possible in part through generous funds donated by Norbert J. Beihoff and CMA Friends.