1] Audition Information:
The Midwest Chamber Ensemble currently has openings for the following instruments:

Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass.

Auditionees should be prepared to play two contrasting selections from a concerto, sonata, suite, or the like, and to sight read selected excerpt(s) from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Auditions are held by appointment. To schedule an audition, please send an email to Music Director Steve Lewis at [email protected]

Please include the following information in your email:
-- name and instrument
-- contact information (email and telephone number).
-- resume or C.V. attached

MCE does not have a set roster of musicians. Musicians who pass the audition will be put on a master list and may receive an invitation to play with the ensemble 6 weeks before a concert. If you cannot play when asked, don't worry, you may be invited the next time.

MCE rehearses the week prior to a concert: 4 or 5 rehearsals lasting 2.5 to 3 hours. Dinner is provided at some of the evening rehearsals, and sometimes a small stipend as well.

2] Youth Concerto Competition:
The winner will perform with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble during the 2016-17 season!
All events at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 9100 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS.

Preliminary Rounds:
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Final Round:
February 21, 2016, 3:00 p.m. (public concert)

Application Deadline:
December 1, 2015

Send a completed application form and a nonrefundable entry fee of $25 (check made out to Midwest Chamber Ensemble) to:

Youth Concerto Competition
c/o Midwest Chamber Ensemble
9100 Mission Road
Prairie Village, KS 66206

Rules and Regulations
1. Applicants must be 18 years old or younger as of January 1, 2016.
2. Applicants must reside in Missouri or Kansas.
3. Applications and the $25 entry fee must be received by December 1, 2014. No late applications will be accepted. You will be notified via email of your competition time no later than one week prior to your Preliminary Round.
4. Repertoire must be selected from the list found at www.midwestchamberensemble.org. If you wish to choose a concerto not found on the list, you must get approval from Steve Lewis by writing to [email protected]
5. Your selected piece should be 15 minutes or under. There will be no exceptions. Be aware of this when choosing your concerto movement(s).
6. You are welcome to bring your own accompanist, or we will provide you one for the competition only (no rehearsal provided) for an additional $20 to be paid directly to accompanist at prelims.
7. Please arrive at your competition time at least 15 minutes early to register and prepare for your performance. At least one original score must be provided for the judges; photocopied scores will not be accepted. Failure to provide a score may result in disqualification.
8. Up to six finalists will be selected to compete in the Final Round on February 22, 2015. This round will be in the format of a public concert. More information will be provided to the finalists.
9. Judges on the jury panel include Steve Lewis (Music Director) and Jessica Koebbe (Chamber Music Coordinator). Their decisions are final.
10. Further questions can be directed to Jessica Koebbe via email: [email protected].

3] Rehearsal Schedule:
November 1, 2015, 7:30 p.m. (LCR)
REP: Miller Piano Concerto, Haydn 101, Anderson "Syncopated Clock"

Rehearsals (all at LCR):
Sunday, Oct 25: 3-5 p.m.
Monday, Oct 26: 7-10 pm
Tuesday, Oct 27: 7-10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct 29: 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 31: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (mandatory)

January 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m. (LCR)
REP: Mussorgsky/Kern "Pictures" and Hartman Suite

Rehearsals (all at LCR):
Sunday, Jan 10: 3-5 p.m.
Monday, Jan 11: 7-10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan 12: 7-10 p.m.
Thursday, Jan 14: 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, Jan 16: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (mandatory)

February 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m. (LCR)
REP: TBD (Pops rep for Strings)

Saturday, Feb 13: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (mandatory)

April 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m. (LCR)
REP: Strauss Suite and Kern Violin concerto (Winds ONLY)

Rehearsals (all at LCR):
Monday, March 28: 7-10 pm
Tuesday, March 29: 7-10 p.m.
Thursday, March 31: 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, April 2: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (mandatory)

May 8, 2016, 7:30 p.m. (LCR)
REP: Schumann 3, Brahms Alto Rhapsody

Rehearsals (all at LCR):
Sunday, May 1: 3-5 p.m.
Monday, May 2: 7-10 pm
Tuesday, May 3: 7-10 p.m.
Thursday, May 5: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, May 7: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (mandatory)