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

After you register, you will receive the online link. 

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:

INSTRUMENTAL: Pasquale LaurinoJames Ripley, Johanna Schilling Brahm

VOCAL: Tanya Kruse, David Hoffman

 

JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL: Robin R. EnglPete 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

  • Lee Guse Memorial Jazz Scholarship: for jazz instrumentalists and vocalists. $750 scholarship and $250 performance award for the top jazz musician 
     

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Eligibility:

    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.)

  • Video Audition:

    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.

  • Repertoire:

    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.

  • Accompanist:

    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.

  • Attire:

    Suitable performance attire. (No jeans shorts or sneakers, please.)
     

APPLICATION INFORMATION

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 info@civicmusicmilwaukee.org with any questions.

 

CIVIC MUSIC MKE supports music education and provides performance

opportunities to young musicians in the Greater Milwaukee area. 

414.375-4875

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