general information

The 2022 competition will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 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 will be chosen and given the opportunity to perform with the Milwaukee Symphony at the 3rd Grade ACE concert on April 26, 2022.

To sign up for an audition, please contact Hannah Esch at 414.226.7886 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

Masks will be required for the audition, rehearsal, and performance.

If chosen to perform in the ACE Concert, winners must provide proof of vaccination in order to rehearse and perform with the orchestra.


The 2020 Competition was held on February 1, 2020 at the First Congregational Church in Wauwatosa. Congratulations to all our winners and participants!

First Violin:
Annie Ladd
Brynn Nelson
Avi Calloway
Linnea Gillmore

First Alternate: Zaara Bonilla
Second Alternate: Charity Shoultz

Second Violin:
Jehee Lee
Hannah Lynn Van Gelderen
Sophia Shoultz
Jane Story

First Alternate: Isabelle Tadda
Second Alternate: Hadessa Gillmore