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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 country.



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


We offer competitive tuition rates to serve
any and all students interested in the Chicagoland area.


And the list goes on...

Join our MPO family this fall!

Apply Today

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

Deadline: July 1, 2024
Step 1
Fill out your online application below.
Step 2
Record and upload your audition videos.
(See audition requirements below.)
Step 3
Just click submit and you are set!
Please contact to be considered after the deadline.
Audition Requirements

Fall 2024 Audition Requirements

New membership auditions for Fall 2024 are currently being held online.

Applications will close on July 1, 2024.

Please contact the office to be considered after the deadline.


[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 & Chamber Orchestra 

(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 guidelines 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 the office at

Tuition Information

MPO Flashback Video

Russian Spectacular Concert

Midwest Chamber Orchestra

November 22, 2021

Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin

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