Frequently Asked Questions  

How does WIO differ from other orchestras?


WIO is fundamentally the same as any other orchestra.  We rehearse and perform quality music to the best of our ability.  We aim for a high level of artistic expression and precision of ensemble.  Our philosophy, however, might be a bit different.  We hope to build a completely inclusive community within our membership and believe that this diversity will benefit not only our music making, but also the richness and joy in our life experience.


What are rehearsals like?


Professional music educators run WIO rehearsals.  Goals will be stated clearly and instructions will help guide the ensemble to improve musically.  It will be challenging and fun at the same time.


Where does WIO meet?


We rehearse on the campus of the Wisconsin International Academy – 11811 W. Bluemound Road in Wauwatosa, WI 53226.  The campus is convenient to Milwaukee and all suburbs.  To learn more about the Academy, or view a map, please visit Convenient parking can be found in the lot on the southeast side of the building. Turn south off of Bluemound onto W. Homewood Avenue. Turn right into the WIA gated parking lot.


What are the expectations of membership?


We ask that you:

  • Arrive to rehearsals and concerts a little early – maintain reliable, regular attendance

  • Bring your instrument (in good playing condition), music and pencil each time

  • Work out challenging musical areas at home (practice)

  • Spread our mission of inclusive community building through our work together


Are auditions required to join the orchestra?


For string players, an audition is not required for membership in WIO. From time to time we may ask to hear you to help assess your best placement within the ensemble. Music directors will determine the leadership within each section. In order to create the best possible experience for all WIO members, the faculty may request a member to be placed within a specific ensemble. Various factors are considered including technical development, musical sensitivity and maturity, and instrumentation requirements. Wind players are invited to join us by audition.


Is financial aid available?

A limited number of scholarships may be available to individuals who demonstrate financial need. Please call for more information about the application process.


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