The Annual Young Artists Competition sponsored by the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra is held annually in March at the Alverno College Campus in Alphonsa Hall from 12:30 to 5:00pm in Lampe Recital Hall.  Alphonsa Hall is at S. 39th St. and West Morgan Ave.  The winner of this competition will have an opportunity to perform with the orchestra sometime during the following season. 

2018 Competition Cancelled

Unfortunately, we did not receive enough applicants for the 2018 competition (need a minimum of 10 applicants) therefore we will be cancelling the Young Artist Competition for 2018.   If you have already submitted your entrance fee, Louise Adams will contact you to get you a refund. We apologize and hope that we are able to get the minimum participants to hold the competition in 2019.  The 2018 audition date is Sunday, February 25, 2018.  Application form is available here.  All contestants are to apply using this form.  The deadline for receipt of all applications is February 21, 2018.

The last competition was in 2016.  First place winner was Manuel Landin, violin; and second place winner was Alexander Zhu, violin.



1.       The applicant must apply for the audition by means of the official application, accompanied by a thirty dollar non-refundable application fee. Checks can be made out to Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra or MFSO.

2.       Applicants are to be no older than twenty-five on the day of the audition.

3.       The Music Director of MFSO and the selected judge will determine the winner.  They reserve the right to accept none of the applicants if an appropriate level of competency is not found.

4.       The applicant must furnish TWO ORIGINAL COPIES of the composition to be performed.

5.       The applicant must be prepared to perform One Movement of a Major work or any Concert Solo written with orchestral accompaniment from memory, and to provide an accompanist.

6.       A former winner of these auditions who had appeared in public performance with the orchestra may audition again, but not with the same composition and only within the third season following the public appearance.  If a winner, the applicant may play again within the fourth or later season after his or her previous appearance.

7.       Auditions must be in person.

8.       Winner will receive $500.00 and will be required to perform with the Orchestra.  Second place will receive $250.00 and will be required to perform with the Orchestra.



2016 Winners

1st Place-Manuel Landin-Violin 
Manuel Landin


2nd Place-Alexander Zhu-Violin

Alexander Zhu

3rd Place-Christopher Carloni-String Bass
Christopher Carloni

2015 Winners

First Place Samantha Carter,violin 

2nd Place Zanetta Domblesky,violin

3rd Place Mercedes Cullen,violin