A Nationally Recognized Youth Orchestra, Right Here In Your Community.
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!
Applying is just as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Fill out your online application below.
Just click submit and you are set!
Submissions are due by July 1, 2023, at 11:59 PM CT
Please contact office for extensions.
Fall 2023 Audition Requirements
New membership auditions for Fall 2023 are currently being held online.
Applications will close on July 1, 2023.
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 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 the office at email@example.com.
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