Shining Stars Competiton

Shining Stars Program: The name “Shining Stars” refers to students in our community who have exceptional musical talent. The Wisconsin Philharmonic offers scholarships to middle and high school students who reside in Waukesha County. Auditions are held annually in the Spring. Scholarship winners are required to perform in the Shining Stars Recital also held in the Spring where students perform for an admiring audience and are awarded their scholarship funds.

Guidelines: Shining Stars Audition Guidelines 2023

Application: Shining Stars Application Form 2023

Shining Stars Scholarship Auditions: Auditions will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Waukesha.

Eligibility: Auditions are open to middle and high school music students who are residents of Waukesha County that have mastered a string, wind, brass, or percussion instrument. Pianists are not eligible for Shining Stars auditions but are encouraged to apply for the Chapman Memorial Piano Competition.

Repertoire: Participants are required to perform one piece or movement with contrasting sections. All high school auditions must be performed with piano accompaniment if the music has a written accompaniment. Although highly encouraged, the use of accompaniment is optional for middle school students. Auditions are six minutes in length, and the judges reserve the right to stop an audition due to time constraints. Any cuts made in the music must be clearly marked in the judges' copies. Three judges copies are required. Copies of music are accepted.


  • Shining Stars Scholarships: Up to eight $250 scholarships will be awarded to middle and high school students.
  • Anthony W. Bryant Scholarship: One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior committed to continuing education with a declared music major.


An official Shining Star Application Form must be submitted to the Wisconsin Philharmonic. Application Forms are due March 7, 2023 and must have the required application fee of $15 payable to the Wisconsin Philharmonic enclosed.

Congratulations to our 2019 winners!

Anthony W. Bryant Scholarship
Alanna Szczech, Violin ($1,500)

Dorothy Goff Frisch Scholarships (2)
Charity Shoultz, Violin ($250)
Arisha Sobhani, Violin ($250)

Anita Ransome-Kuchler Scholarships (2)
Rhea Karnick, Flute ($250)
Anna Faith Gilmore, Violin ($250)

Wisconsin Philharmonic Scholarships (3)
Jayanth Suthan, Violin ($250)
Ryan Tomich Jr., Cello ($250)
Carrie Wang, Violin ($250)

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