Bridge

Student Scholarship/Internship/Apprenticeship Program – To bridge the experience of singers in our educational institutions with the opportunities to continue their artistic development and growth in the community as a lifelong pursuit

Three Tiers

  • Scholars – High School students receive the opportunity to expand their music experience with seasoned, disciplined voices and perform diverse, challenging repertoire under the direction of UW Milwaukee Director of Choral Activities Dr. Zack Durlam while receiving community service credit under our nonprofit designation to appear on transcripts for the pursuit of higher education opportunities. (Opportunities for letters of recommendation available based on tenure with the group.)
  • Interns – College/University students receive the opportunity to expand their music experience with seasoned, disciplined voices and perform diverse, challenging repertoire under the direction of UW Milwaukee Director of Choral Activities Dr. Zack Durlam gaining networking opportunities developed over a 50-year history. Additionally, they will be granted access to real-world experience in the organizational and structural nuances of a nonprofit arts organization from infrastructure, grant writing, leadership governance and development, as well as marketing and branding expertise to help them continue to promote and market themselves as artists in the community. (Opportunities for letters of recommendation available based on tenure with the group.)
  • Apprentices – Music-focused Master-level students receive the opportunity to expand their music experience with seasoned, disciplined voices and perform diverse, challenging repertoire under the direction of UW Milwaukee Director of Choral Activities Dr. Zack Durlam gaining networking opportunities developed over a 50-year history. Additionally, they will be granted access to real-world experience in the organizational and structural nuances of a nonprofit arts organization from infrastructure, grant writing, leadership governance and development, as well as marketing and branding expertise to help them continue to promote and market themselves as artists in the community. This unique opportunity also provides real-world experience instructing and conducting an ensemble with an active roster of over 80 vocalists and pull from the experience of numerous members with music education and performance backgrounds. The combined experience of preparing and leading an ensemble along with gained connections to the community is an invaluable opportunity for those seeking a strong career path. (Opportunities for letters of recommendation available based on tenure with the group.)

Selection Process

  • High School Students are selected by audition to be Scholars
  • College/University Students are selected by audition to be Interns
  • Music-focused Master-level Students are selected by audition to be Apprentices.
  • Accepted applicants will rehearse with the MSM on Tuesday evenings in Wauwatosa and join us on our performances.
  • Applications are open year-round and finalist auditions for season-long and per-concert-cycle commitments will be held in July, with per-cycle-only finalist auditions held in November, and February.
  • Scholars will receive a $350 per-cycle or $750 season-long commitment stipend. Interns will receive a $400 per-cycle or $1,500 season-long commitment stipend. Apprentices will receive a base $400 per-cycle or $1,500 season-long commitment stipend with the opportunity to increase based on the strength of their application and audition as well as scope of work with the ensemble.

Qualifications

  • Must be a member in good standing of an area high school or college/university.
  • Must perform and audition with our Artistic Director Dr. Zack Durlam.
  • Must demonstrate strong character and vocal talent.
  • Must be able to complete participation in performances and at least 90% of rehearsals per concert cycle.
  • At the conclusion of your Scholarship/Internship/Apprenticeship, you will need to provide a testimonial regarding your time and experience with the MSM and what you will take away from it.

Additional Benefits

  • Waiver of annual singer pledge ($120)
  • Exposure to diverse music and artistic development opportunities.
  • Full MSM membership benefits
  • Free loaned repertoire in print and digital formats for rehearsals and concerts
  • Access to the MSM members-only private website resources

Audition Process

  • You will be asked to perform a prepared song. Whether it’s the Star Spangled Banner, A musical number, or a prepared Aria. We will accept any song you choose to perform.
  • You will conduct a baseline evaluation with our Artistic Director to assess musical ability and voice placement within the ensemble.
  • You will be asked to provide a reference who is not related to you and is a teacher, coach, instructor, or administrator along with permission to contact them as a character reference. (Music teachers, coaches, instructors, or administrators are appreciated but all references will be considered)

To Apply

  • Click the link below. You will complete a very brief form providing us with your basic information.
  • Applications are open year-round and finalist auditions for season-long and per-concert-cycle commitments will be held in July, with per-cycle-only finalist auditions held in November, and February.