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Saturday, January 27, 2024

The CIVIC MUSIC MKE High School Competition is a well-regarded Milwaukee competition for accomplished high school age 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. Applications are closed for the 2024 Competition.    



Pasquale Laurino, Violinist; Music Director, Racine Symphony Orchestra; Associate Conductor,

Milwaukee Ballet

Thomas Gamboa, Bassoonist; Director, University Bands; Assistant Professor, UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts

Johanna Brahm, Pianist; Lecturer, Piano, UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts



Matthew Markham, Associate Professor – Voice, Voice Area Coordinator, UW-Stevens Point

Chelsea Betz, Mezzo Soprano, Private Voice Instructor



Attend and be inspired!


Saturday, February 10, 7:30 PM

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee


Admission is free and open to the public!





  • Showcase Recital Performance Opportunity
    Up to ten top classical perfo
    rmers 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). 

  • Young Artist Scholarships: for classical instrumentalists and vocalists
    $1,500 in scholarships is distributed to up to four musicians based on the judge's decisions.

  • Additional Recital Performance Opportunity

      Recital performers may have the opportunity to perform on another recital being planned.

      Date, time and venue will be available soon. 


  • 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 audition and perform on the Showcase Recital if selected.)


  • Online application opens October 1 and closes after Dec. 15. Applications are now closed. 

  • Application Fee: $40.00 (non-refundable). 

Please feel free to email with any questions.

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Take a peek at this Saturday's program for the 2024 Showcase Recital!

CIVIC MUSIC MKE supports music education and provides performance

opportunities to young musicians in the Greater Milwaukee area. 

Find out who the 2024 Showcase Recital performers will be!

2024 Showcase Recital Program
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