String Orchestra Concerto Competition

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

The winner
  • performs as soloist, accompanied by members of their ensemble in their final spring performance of the season, unless otherwise notified.
Application and deadline
  • Please use the online application form at the link below and submit your information no later than TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29.
  • You will receive an emailed confirmation of your online application. Print out this email, and obtain signatures of the applicant, a parent, and the applicant’s private teacher.
  • The signed email printout containing parent and private teacher signatures must be received in the MYSO office no later than TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6.
    • scan and submit it here OR
    • mail to:  325 West Walnut Street, Milwaukee, 53212
  • Private teachers may email Mr. Duffy in support of your application if you are not able to obtain a signature from your private teacher at this time.
  • You will be notified of your audition time by January 1. Please call 414-267-2946 if you do not receive your audition time by that date.
  • This competition is open only to musicians in MYSO’s String Orchestra; previous winners of the String Orchestra Concerto Competition are ineligible.
  • Musicians may audition only on his/her instrument played in String Orchestra.
  • Musicians must be in good standing and up-to-date with all membership fees in order to compete.
  • Musicians who fail to show up for the competition without a phone call notification to the MYSO office at least 24 hours in advance of January 14 may be considered ineligible to compete in 2024.
  • Memorization is preferred but not required.
  • Piano accompaniment is required. Families must make their own arrangements. Call our office if you need assistance.
  • Musicians are expected to prepare the entire movement.
  • Musicians are expected to procure their own music. The MYSO office will not provide copies, apart from the Hungarian Dance linked below.
  • Required repertoire:


Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 5 (NOT the version from “Fun with Solos”): Solo Part and Accompaniment Part
Allegro – Fiocco – in Suzuki Violin Book 6 (either edition is fine).  A-section only, using the last measure (double stops) as the ending.


Seitz, Concerto No. 5 in G major, mvt. I (Suzuki Viola Book 4)
Dvořák, Humoresque (Suzuki Viola Book 3)


Vivaldi, Sonata in E minor, mvt. II (Allegro) (Suzuki Cello Book 5)
Dvorak, Humoresque (Suzuki Cello Book 3)


Earl, Mummers (Danse Grotesque)

  • MYSO is not able to guarantee audition times. Please note times that you can’t make.
  • Consider your accompanist’s schedule.
  • All MYSO concerto competitions will occur simultaneously on January 14.

Contact Dan Duffy at 414-267-2946 with questions.

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