Forte’s annual Stars of Tomorrow Competition is open to all eligible Wisconsin high school string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians. To keep all of our competitors safe, the first round will take place virtually through a video submission. Videos can be recorded using a smart phone or other recording device. Due to this year’s pandemic circumstances, you may record yourself with an accompanist, with a recorded accompaniment, or solo without accompaniment.

Virtual submissions will all be judged by MSO musicians and 8-12 student musicians will advance to the second round. We hope to host a live, in-person second round utilizing all proper safety precautions. The winner and runner ups will be determined based on the second round.  There will be no Stars of Tomorrow Concert in the spring of 2021.

Scholarships will be awarded to the winner and two runner-ups. The winner will be invited to solo with the orchestra on an education performance during the 2021.2022 season. All semi-finalists and honorable mentions will be invited to participate in a side-by-side orchestra event planned for the fall of 2021.

With questions, please contact the MSO Education Department at 414.226.7812 or



 Virtual First Round*

  • February 15th - Application postmarked by this date to be eligible to compete
  • March 8th - Video submission deadline (instructions will be provided after the application is received).
  • March 22nd – Advancement decisions announced

Live, In-Person Second Round (Semifinals)*

  • Mid-April (exact date TBA) – 8-12 student musicians advance to participate in this live, in-person event. If we are unable to hold this event live due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the second round will become a virtual event.

*Please note – The safety of the Stars of Tomorrow participants is our top priority. All of the above information is subject to change due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary to keep everyone safe during this contest.



To register, please complete the Stars of Tomorrow Auditions application and return to the MSO Education Department with a $40 application fee at the following address:

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Education Department
212 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Applications must be postmarked by February 15, 2021.  Once your application is processed, you will receive an email confirmation including instructions regarding how to submit your competition video. Competition videos are due on March 8, 2021.

MSO Audrey G. Baird Stars of Tomorrow 1812 Performance


2020: Grayson Eichmeier, Ava Kenney, Grace Kim

2019: Benjamin Davies Hudson, Jonah Kartman, Amy Katzman

2018: David Pickar, Maggie Setterstrom, Monona Suzuki


*With questions regarding applications fees, please contact the MSO Education Office at or 414.226.7812.