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Why Join MPO?

Top 3 reasons why MPO is the orchestra for you.

1.

The MPO is a winner of the

American Prize in Orchestral Performance,

naming it one of the top youth community orchestras in the United States.

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2.

At MPO, all ages, not just high school students, are welcome which allows for a unique, diverse, and collaborative environment.

3.

We offer competitive tuition costs to serve

any and all students interested in the Chicagoland.

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And the list goes on...

Join us this fall to be part of a
life-changing experience.

 

Applying is just as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Step 1
Fill out your online MPO application below.
Step 2
Record and upload your audition videos.
(See audition requirements below.)
Step 3
Just click submit and you are set!
Submissions are due by
Wed. June 1, 2022, at 11:59 PM CT
 

Now Announcing The 2022-23 Season!
Celebrating 15 years of MPO!

Tentative season activities to look forward to include:
-MPO's Second Carnegie Hall Tour
-Brand New World-Class Concert Venue
-Overnight Retreat at a University
-Masterclasses By Professional Musicians
...and more!

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Fall 2022 Audition Requirements

New membership auditions for Fall 2022 are currently being held virtually.

Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 1, 2022, 11:59 CT.

Scales

[Winds and Brass] All 12 major scales.

  • Click here to see your instrument's required scales.

 

[Strings] Scales in three (or two) octaves. Please play 80 to 120 per quarter note with separate bows. Please refer to your required scales:

 

Midwest String Orchestra Scales (Two scales of choice)

Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra & Core Members (One scale of choice, one required)

Repertoire

[Winds and Brass] Two contrasting solos, movements or etudes. No accompaniment needed.
 

[Strings] A solo piece that shows the candidate’s techniques, musical interpretation and musicianship. No accompaniment needed. Please see chart below:

  • Midwest String Orchestra (For all strings): A solo piece or passage that includes up to 3rd (or 5th) position.

  • Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra (For all strings): A solo piece or passage that includes up to 5th (or higher) position.

  • Core Members:

    • Violin: W.A. Mozart Concerto No. 4 or 5, or something equivalent

    • Viola: C. Stamitz Concerto in D, or something equivalent

    • Cello: Haydn Concerto in C or D, or something equivalent

    • Bass: A standard concert piece

There is NO sight-reading required.

After The Audition

Participants will receive permission to join after the audition. 

For any questions regarding the audition process, please contact us at info@midphil.org.

 

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Russian Spectacular Concert

November 22, 2021

Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin

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