Student musicians playing in an orchestra

Mini Music Clinics

A one-day music clinic for high school students on the UW–Madison campus.

Winter Band Clinic

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Auditions due by January 23

Spring Orchestra Clinic

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Auditions due by March 13

Tuition is $125, plus a $25 nonrefundable application fee. Scholarships are available.

A one-day experience

 Students in grades 9–12 who play wind, string, and percussion instruments are invited to join us on the UW–Madison campus for a challenging, fast-paced day of musical growth and connection. Designed to supplement students’ school, community or individual music experience, Mini Music Clinics serve to enhance music education through large and small group instruction from UW–Madison faculty and graduate students. High schoolers will build connections with the UW–Madison campus and their fellow musicians and perform in a final concert at the end of the day.


After registration, students will audition/apply to be part of the program with a prepared solo. The audition process will mirror that of the student experience at UW–Madison. Please submit a separate audition for each instrument. Students participating in both sessions may submit one recording if it is on the same instrument.

A prepared solo or etude that demonstrates musicianship and technical facility through contrasting tempos and styles (no more than two minutes; no accompanist necessary; all genres and styles welcome). Percussionists should prepare one solo/etude of their choosing which can include mallet instruments (vibes, xylophone, or marimba); timpani; and/or snare drum.

Students will be asked to submit video/audio recordings by uploading their materials into a provided link. Auditions will be due by Jan. 23 for the Feb. 5 session and by March 13 for the April 1 session. Early submissions are strongly encouraged! If you are not able to submit a video/audio audition for any access reason, the program will create a system that works for you.

The goal of the audition is to provide the experience of the audition as a precollege program and give feedback on that audition. Music teacher/instructor recommendations are not required.

Students will be provided clinic ensemble repertoire ahead of the program with the expectation to prepare the music. Resources for preparation will be provided through the program.

Mini Music Clinics at a glance

Program Dates

Winter Band Clinic
Sunday, February 5, 2023

Spring Orchestra Clinic
Saturday, April 1, 2023


In person

Registration opens

November 1, 2022

Audition Deadlines

For Winter Band Clinic, auditions are due by January 23

For Spring Orchestra Clinic, auditions are due by March 13


$125, plus a $25 nonrefundable application fee

Scholarships are available!


UW–Madison campus

Tuition and financial aid

A $25 nonrefundable application fee is submitted with the student’s application. The full tuition payment of $125 (per clinic) is due after notice of the student’s acceptance.

A limited number of scholarships are available for those with financial need. Our goal is to make these programs accessible. If the cost of this program is a barrier to participation, please contact us to see what options might be available.


Contact Carrie Backman, cjbackman@wisc.edu, with any program questions. Applications and audition submissions must all be submitted through the online links at the top of this page.

Sample Schedule

8–8:30 a.m. Program check-in
9–11:30 a.m. Rehearsal
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch, meet and learn from campus professionals
12:45–1:45 p.m. Performance Class
2–4:30 p.m. Rehearsal
4:30–5:00 p.m. Break and final concert preparations
5 p.m. Concert