IS ONLINE FOR 2021!
JANUARY 30 WORKSHOPS
@ 9:30 AM Lighten up: The Alexander Technique for Musicians
with Alexandra Kassouf, certified Alexander Technique teacher
@ 11:00 AM Vocal Tune Up: Self-care for Singers
with Dr. Tanya Kruse, Associate Professor, Voice and Opera Theatre, UWM
@12:30 PM Mindful Performances: Where Preparation and Confidence Intersect
with Mark Davis, Jazz Pianist; Artistic Director, Milwaukee Jazz Institute
@ 2:00 PM Repair and Maintenance for Your Stringed Instrument
with Korinthia Klein, Luthier; Owner, Korinthia Violins
The CIVIC MUSIC MKE High School Competition is a well-regarded Milwaukee competition for accomplished young musicians. Musicians compete for the opportunity to perform on the Showcase Recital and to be one of four musicians to receive a total of $1,500 in Young Artist Scholarships.
COMPETITION JUDGES FOR 2021:
JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL: Robin R. Engl, Pete Lange
APPLICATIONS DUE: December 8, 2020
AUDITION VIDEOS DUE: January 23, 2021
AWARD & SCHOLARSHIP DECISIONS: January 30, 2021
SHOWCASE RECITAL: Sunday, February 7, 2021
This year's recital can be viewed online. Stay tuned for details.
AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
Showcase Recital Performance Opportunity
Up to ten top classical and one jazz performer from Audition Day are invited to perform in recital. Each performer earns a $250 performance award. (Musicians must perform in the recital to receive the award).
Venue and format TBA
Young Artist Scholarships: for classical instrumentalists and vocalists
$1,500 in scholarships is distributed to musicians at the judge's discretion
Open to high school vocal and instrumental students in grades 10-12 who live in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Washington or Racine County performing at or above WSMA Class A. While your piece must be at this level, it need not be on their actual list. Those who have received a Young Artist Scholarship in two consecutive years will be ineligible for a third scholarship. (They remain eligible to perform on the Showcase Recital if selected.)
Four to six minutes of performance time is required. Any six minute portion of longer pieces may be chosen by cutting long introductions or accompaniment interludes. The timer will stop the performer at six minutes without penalty. Memorization is optional. Click here for video uploading instructions.
Instrumentalists: One piece or one movement of a multi-movement piece.
Vocalists: Two contrasting classical pieces; one in a foreign language and one in English. A musical theater piece may be substituted in for the piece in English. For this Competition, the word "classical" refers to an art song or an aria from an opera, operetta or oratorio; and the words "musical theater" refer to a staged Broadway production.
Jazz Applicants: One ballad, one up-tempo rhythm changes tune and Ellington's “C Jam Blues” - - instrumentalists play the head and improvise to the chord changes; and vocalists sing the head with the text and then scat.
Click here for more details.
All applicants are expected to perform with an accompanist and must provide their own (unless the piece is meant to be unaccompanied).
Click here for FAQs for 2021 Competition.
Suitable performance attire. (No jeans shorts or sneakers, please.)
How to Apply:
Print out the application here. Complete and mail the application with the fee payment to:
CIVIC MUSIC MKE
1345 N. Jefferson Street, #170
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
$35.00 (non-refundable). Please make your check payable to:
Video Audition Submission: View submission instructions here
CIVIC MUSIC MKE supports music education and provides performance
opportunities to young musicians in the Greater Milwaukee area.