WHO WE ARE

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 1. What does Civic Music do?

    Civic Music serves young musicians and music educators through educational experiences, award recognition, scholarship programs and performance opportunities, and indirectly serves thousands more through our networking within the community of Milwaukee musicians, music teachers, and arts institutions. Participating Milwaukee area youth take part in a variety of unique opportunities to refine their skills and practice their craft through private lessons, auditions, workshops, master class, competition and live performance. Civic Music nurtures emerging artists with programming focused mainly on solo performance.

  • 2. Who does Civic Music serve?

    The focus of Civic Music is to serve young people in the greater Milwaukee area with opportunities that enhance their lives. The Private Lesson Program is open to young musicians in grades 4-9 who have not yet been exposed to private music lessons. The High School Competition and Showcase Recital is open to accomplished high school age musicians seeking performance opportunities, instruction and scholarships. Civic Music also recognizes great high school musicians, exemplary music teachers and administrators, and distinguished citizens with awards and events that celebrate their achievements.

  • The Private Lesson Program is open to band and orchestra students who will be in grades 4-9 in the following year and vocalists who will be in grades 8-9 in the following year. This program is for students who have not yet had the opportunity for private study and can demonstrate financial need. Civic Music will pair the students with Civic Music teachers. Students are awarded a scholarship and parents are asked to make a small co-pay per lesson.

  • 4. Who can audition for the High School Music Competition Scholarships?

    Auditions are open to young musicians in grades 10-12 who are performing at the WSMA Class A level and above. During the Audition Day, Civic Music presents an Audition and Recital Preparation Workshop and a Vocal Master Class. All auditioning musicians are encouraged to attend the Workshop and Master Class to prepare themselves for future competition. Six to eight musicians are selected each year to perform on the High School Showcase Recital, presented the following Sunday. Winners of the scholarship awards are announced at this recital.

  • 5. How is Civic Music funded?

    Civic Music's main funding sources come from investment revenue, board donations, individual donations and corporate and foundation donations. Civic Music holds its annual Awards Banquet each October to honor that year's award winners and to raise important funds for its programs.

  • 6. How do Civic Music offerings benefit young musicians?

    Music is an extracurricular activity for most young musicians. Many invest countless hours of practice when their friends are pursuing other activities and incur substantial costs for private lessons and instruments. School programs rarely offer opportunities for these dedicated students to perform as soloists, or coaching in the techniques and protocol necessary to present a polished performance. 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 these talented young musicians to pursue the next level of musical potential by providing unique performance opportunities and recognition of their accomplishments at a critical time in their growth and development. Civic Music is the only local organization with this unique mission.

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