Pursue your passions
The Music program is designed to meet the needs of students who are preparing for the competitive world of music schools and other music related fields. Students should demonstrate an intense interest in creating music. Options for music majors include Choir, Orchestra, Band, Piano, and Jazz.
See our Music students
share their talents
From performances to gallery exhibitions, every MHSA student gets the chance to share their talents with the greater Milwaukee community.
Pablo Amaya IIIamayaviola@gmail.com | (414) 934-7135
Courses: VOCAL KEYBOARD, PIANO MAJORS, ORCHESTRA BEGINNING, ORCHESTRA INTERMEDIATE, ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTAL STRINGS, ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTAL CHAMBER, COMPREHENSIVE MUSICIANSHIPRead Pablo Amaya III's Bio
Sharie Garciarathwesx@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7163
Courses: BAND INTERMEDIATE, BAND ADVANCED, MUSIC APPRECIATION, ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTAL, DEVELOPMENT OF MUSIC JAZZ/READING, COMPREHENSIVE MUSICIANSHIPRead Sharie Garcia's Bio
Raymond Robertsrobertrj@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7141
Courses: CHORUS BEGINNING MIXED, CHORUS INTERMEDIATE MIXED, CHORUS ADVANCED MIXED, OPERA WORKSHOP, ENSEMBLE VOCAL JAZZ, ALL VOCAL STUDENTSRead Raymond Roberts's Bio
Douglas Symesymedw@mail.milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7136
Courses: DEVELOPMENT OF MUSIC JAZZ/READING, ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ ADV, JAZZ IMPROVISIONRead Douglas Syme's Bio
VOCAL KEYBOARDTeacher: Amaya III
PIANO MAJORSTeacher: Amaya III
BAND INTERMEDIATETeacher: Garcia
BAND ADVANCEDTeacher: Garcia
ORCHESTRA BEGINNINGTeacher: Amaya III
ORCHESTRA INTERMEDIATETeacher: Amaya III
CHORUS BEGINNING MIXEDTeacher: Roberts
CHORUS INTERMEDIATE MIXEDTeacher: Roberts
CHORUS ADVANCED MIXEDTeacher: Roberts
OPERA WORKSHOPTeacher: Roberts
MUSIC APPRECIATIONTeacher: Garcia
ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTALTeacher: Garcia
DEVELOPMENT OF MUSIC JAZZ/READINGTeacher: Garcia
DEVELOPMENT OF MUSIC JAZZ/READINGTeacher: Syme
ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTAL STRINGSTeacher: Amaya III
ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTAL CHAMBERTeacher: Amaya III
ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ ADVTeacher: Syme
ENSEMBLE VOCAL JAZZTeacher: Roberts
COMPREHENSIVE MUSICIANSHIPTeacher: Amaya III
JAZZ IMPROVISIONTeacher: Syme
CREATIVE MOVEMENT 3Teacher: Drews
COMPREHENSIVE MUSICIANSHIPTeacher: Garcia
ALL VOCAL STUDENTSTeacher: Roberts
COMPREHENSIVE MUSICIANSHIP 1
COMPREHENSIVE MUSICIANSHIP 2Prerequisite: COMPREHENSIVE MUSICIANSHIP 1
Audition to be a Music Student
Milwaukee High School of the Arts is an Early Admissions school. Our admissions process begins in October of the prior school year.
Any student interested in enrolling must submit a written application, take a mandatory audition in one of the arts areas and submit their most recent report card, attendance records and state assessment results (most recent, from WKCE, Terra Nova or MAP)
To audition for the Music area, a student must bring the following to the audition:
Letter of recommendation: This letter should be written by a music teacher you have had within the last 2-3 years. The letter should include information about attitude in class, attendance, behavior, performance in class and musical ability.
Solo: You may audition using a piece from the Wisconsin State Music Association contest list, where you can search for your instrument. If your instrument is not listed, call 414-934-7020. Not required for Jazz Auditions (see exceptions below).
Exceptions for Jazz: Drums should prepare swing, bossa nova, rock, funk, and Latin beats. Woodwind and Brass students interested in both Band and Jazz must prepare for both auditions.
What happens at a Musc audition?
It depends on the ensemble:
Band: WSMA Solo, Bb concert scale and brief interview. Percussionists must play their scale on the bells or xylophone.
Voice: See special instructions
Piano: WSMA solo, two octave C and D Major scales, sight-reading, and interview
Strings: WSMA solo or Suzuki #3 book, Violin: 2 octave D Major All others: 2 octave G Major
Jazz: Solo using pentatonic scale over a 12-bar blues pattern.
Drums: prepare swing, bossa nova, rock, funk, and Latin beats
Special Instructions for Vocal Auditions
1. You may audition LIVE at MHSA on either of the audition dates or
2. You may video record and upload your audition to YouTube
For either audition, you will need to prepare the solo- To The Sky. If you already prepared a WSMA solo, you may use it for a video audition but you need to sing with accompaniment. You may not sing acapella or sing over another singer’s performance.
To The Sky melody
To The Sky accompaniment
To the Sky sheet music
You will need to respond to the following prompts:
1. “Tell me about your musical background”
2. “Why do you want to study voice at MHSA?”
If you're auditioning via video, you can upload it to YouTube (you can set the setting to private if you do not wish for the general public to view your video). Please name your video in the folloring manner: "2015 MHSA Vocal Audition- John Smith" (With your name at the end.)
Once your video is uploaded, copy and paste the link and send it to Mr. Raymond Roberts via e- mail: email@example.com
- Set the camera/phone up to record you from the waist up
- Make sure you sing to the recorded accompaniment
- Make sure your voice can be heard over the recorded accompaniment
- Sing the song exactly as the sheet music and melody dictate
- DO NOT EMBELLISH THE MELODY (I.E. ADD EXTRA NOTES OR ‘ROLLS’)
If you do choose to upload your audition, make sure you mail in your report card and letter of recommendation to Mr. Roberts' attention:
Mr. Raymond Roberts
2300 W. Highland Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53233
Mr. Roberts will view both types of auditions equally. There is no preference given to students who show up to audition live over those who choose to upload their video audition.