Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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 area 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. CIVIC MUSIC serves young musicians and their educators 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 high school musicians who demonstrate great leadership, exemplary music teachers and administrators, and distinguished citizens with awards and events that celebrate their achievements.

  3. 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. In the 2017-18 season, this program has expanded to include Year 2 students and in the 2018-19 season, a Year 3 level will also be added. This expansion was a response to evaluations and comments received by parents, students and teachers. In the 2018-19 season, this program will have three tiers and directly serve 60 students.

  4. 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 competitions and performances. Six to eight musicians are selected each year to perform on the High School Showcase Recital, now presented at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Winners of the Young Arts Scholarships are also announced at the close of this recital.

  5. CIVIC MUSIC's main funding sources include investment revenue, board donations, individual donations and support from foundations and corporations. CIVIC MUSIC holds a bi-annual Awards Banquet in late fall to honor recipients of the Lifetime Achievement in Music award and the Distinguished Citizen Awards for Professional in the Arts and Patron of the Arts. This event also serves as a major fundraising event to raise important support for its programs. MARDI GRAS MKE is a new fundraising event that this year will be on Fat Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Laissez le bon temps rouler!

  6. The study of 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.