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A Nationally Recognized Youth Orchestra, Right Here In Your Community.

Why MPO?

Join MPO


Why Join MPO?

Top 3 reasons why MPO is the orchestra for you.


The MPO is a recipient of the
American Prize in Orchestral Performance,
naming it one of the top youth community orchestras in the United States.



At MPO, all ages and backgrounds are welcome which allows for a unique, diverse, and collaborative environment.


We offer competitive tuition costs to serve

any and all students interested in the Chicagoland.


And the list goes on...

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

Apply Today

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
July 1, 2023, at 11:59 PM CT (extended)
Audition Requirements

Fall 2023 Audition Requirements

New membership auditions for Fall 2023 are currently being held online.

Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 1, 2023, 11:59 CT.


[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)


[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.

  • Midwest Chamber Orchestra:

    • 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

Tuition Information

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