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Tuition & Rehearsals

Tuition Information

2022/23 Season Tuition Rates (August – May)

Midwest String Orchestra: $485
Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra: $570
Core Members: $630

Tuition Details

  • Our tuition covers administrative costs including venue rental, staff salaries, operational expenses, etc.

  • This fee does not include tours or retreats. 

  • Due to inflating operation costs in the industry, we have decided to incrementally increase the tuition from the previous season. 

  • Upon acceptance into the program, an invoice will be sent to the student's home address on file.

Refund Policy

Seventy percent of the paid tuition will be refunded for withdrawals before the third rehearsal. There are no make-up sessions, credits, or refunds for missed rehearsals. 

Rehearsal Information

Rehearsal Locations 

Midwest Conservatory of Music – Orchestra Room
15 Scully Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60193

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

930 W Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60195


There are approximately 10 rehearsals per concert. Rehearsals are held on Sundays.

Rehearsal Time

Midwest String Orchestra: Sunday early afternoon
Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra: Sunday afternoon
Core Members: Sunday evening
Rehearsal times will be announced per season.

Attendance Policy

Musicians are expected to attend all rehearsals and arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled rehearsal time. If necessary, with advance notice, musicians will be allowed a one-time excused absence, except for the last 3 rehearsals. Any additional excused absences, or late arrivals, are at the Music Director’s discretion. Musicians with unexcused absences will not perform at the concert.

Concert Information


We cover the most splendid array of pieces from Baroque, classical, romantic to contemporary classical music which over the years has captured the heart of music lovers. Members enjoy performing the music and naturally learn a variety of music styles and technical playing methods, as well as each era’s historic musical background.


There are 2 annual concerts; fall and spring,

as well as additional smaller concerts throughout the season. (TBA)

Concert Tours

The MPO tours nationally or internationally every other year in the summer.
2015- Detroit
2017- Vienna and Salzburg, Austria
2018- Carnegie Hall, New York
2020- Prague, Bratislava and Budapest (cancelled due to COVID-19)

2023- Los Angeles International Music Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall

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Concert Dress Code

MEN: Black tuxedo/suit with white dress shirt, black bow tie. Black dress shoes with black socks

WOMEN: All-black concert attire. Black dress shoes, black socks, stockings or tights

Musician’s Photographs

Occasionally photographs of the MPO musicians are used in the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra and Midwest Conservatory of Music’s publications and other media. Through enrollment in the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra, the musician accepts the use of their photographs in these materials unless otherwise stated.

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