As one of Milwaukee’s oldest arts organizations, Civic Music Association of Milwaukee (CMA) has been active in developing the musical life of its community since 1918.
Participating instrumentalists and vocalists take part in a variety of unique opportunities to refine their skills and practice their craft through private lessons, auditions, workshops, competition, and performance. Last year, CMA reached over 1,000 young musicians in our community. More than 95% of our programming involves students 18 years old or younger.
The value of arts education in promoting high achievement in all academic areas is well documented, but the need for serious music students to develop their skills through live performance before an audience, and to gain poise through solo audition and competition is often overlooked. Civic Music encourages talented young musicians to pursue the next level of musicianship by providing unique performance opportunities and recognition of their accomplishments at a critical time in their growth and development. The Private Lesson Program gives young musicians the opportunity to study music privately to accelerate their growth. Through our High School Showcase and High School Awards programs, high school students receive further training, performance opportunities, support, and recognition.
Civic Music is managed by an extraordinary volunteer board made up of professional musicians, music teachers, arts administrators and management professionals. The Program Committee monitors our programs closely through written evaluations and surveys to determine future improvements. To encourage student participation in music we work closely with the Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Florentine Opera and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
Our vision is that all young people are given the opportunity to experience the joy of making music.