general information

The 2023 competition will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at First Congregational Church in Wauwatosa, WI.

The annual MSO Bach Double Violin Competition is open to all violinists in 8th grade and younger. Violinists must perform either part one or part two of the first movement of J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043. An accompanist is provided by the MSO. Four to eight winners are chosen and given the opportunity to perform with the Milwaukee Symphony at the 3rd Grade ACE concert on April 26, 2023.

To sign up for an audition, please contact Elise McArdle at 414.226.7812 or

Please note: Previous winners must audition on the opposite part. Those who have performed both parts with the MSO are ineligible to apply. 


covid-19 mitigations

If chosen to perform in the ACE Concert, winners must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result in order to rehearse and perform with the orchestra.


The 2022 Competition was held on February 26, 2022 at the First Congregational Church in Wauwatosa. Winners had the opportunity to perform with the Milwaukee Symphony on the 3rd Grade ACE Concert on April 26, 2022.Congratulations to all our winners and participants!

First Violin:
Cordelia Fredrickson
Nero Eichinger
Shaelyn Wu

First Alternate: Stephanie Neely
Second Alternate: Sloan Becker

Second Violin:
Nishanth Suthan
Sage Rinehart
Madison Koo

First Alternate: Marianna Lopez
Second Alternate: Kenneth Zhang