Each season, Wisconsin high school choral ensembles are invited to compete for the chance to perform with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on the teen program in the Concerts for Schools series.

2025 Program: Brilliant Bernstein

February 26, 2025
10:15 am | Bradley Symphony Center



Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Bernstein: “Make your Garden Grow” from Candide

Join us for our annual Teen Choral Partners performance, featuring the music of American musical genius Leonard Bernstein. Experience the driving rhythms and ethereal melodies of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, bookended by selections from his timeless operetta Candide. The MSO will be joined by auditioned Wisconsin high school choirs on this powerful program – a fantastic field trip experience for middle and high school students!

Now Accepting Applications - Click Here to Download

Application Instructions and Information:

1. Application, audio recordings, and list of current repertoire must be mailed, emailed, or submitted, by June 21, 2024:

2. Audio recording parameters:

  • Recordings of two selections from your current repertoire must be provided. Contrasting selections are recommended.
  • Recordings should be submitted through our online submission portal at the following web address: https://spaces.hightail.com/uplink/mso.
  • Be sure to include your school’s name, email, and title and composer of works when you submit. Further instructions on how to submit can be found at mso.org/education under the competitions tab.
  • The chorus applying must be the only chorus featured on the recording. Separate entries for different ensembles at your school are permitted.
  • The current director must be the director for the 2024.25 season.
  • Selections may be either accompanied or a cappella.
  • Pop music should not be included.

3. All recordings and materials will be evaluated by the MSO in a blind screening.

4. Repertoire list must accompany the application, or the entry will not be considered.

5. Invitations to perform with the MSO will be issued July 19, 2024. Results will be sent to the chorus director’s summer address.

6. Schools which participated in the 2023.24 program are not eligible for the 2024.25 program.

7. Selected Schools will receive full concert program information by September 1, 2024. The purchase of the music will be the responsibility of the schools.

8. Only schools in the state of Wisconsin are eligible to apply.



Congratulations to the 2024 Teen Choral Partners participants!

Germantown High School | Jonathan Brooksdirector

Hartford Union High School | Ernie Brusubardisdirector

Milwaukee High School of the Arts | Raymond Robertsdirector