MacPhail Concerto & Aria Concert Application

The MacPhail Concerto & Aria Concert is MacPhail’s premiere performance event featuring MacPhail student soloists performing with an orchestra of professional musicians under the baton of conductor Chi-Chi Lin Bestmann. Six performances are selected through two rounds of auditions to perform with orchestra. One additional student soloist is selected to perform with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, conducted by Cary John Franklin. The MacPhail concert features a chamber-sized orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis concert features a full-sized symphonic orchestra. While there are two performance opportunities, there is only one application and audition process; seven performances total will be selected. Please see the bottom of this application page for more details regarding audition piece length, orchestra size, instrumentation and orchestral difficulty.

Applications are due before Sunday, December 19, 2021 by 5:00 PM.


Preliminary Auditions: Sunday, January 16, 2022 starting at 11:30am

Final Auditions: Sunday, January 30, 2022 starting at 11:30am

MacPhail Concerto & Aria Concert: Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 3:30pm in Antonello Hall

  • Rehearsal with orchestra #1: Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 6:00-9:00pm in Antonello Hall
  • Rehearsal with orchestra #2: Sunday, March 13, 2022 from 12:30-3:00pm in Antonello Hall

Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis Concert: Friday, May 15, 2022 at 3:00pm at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

  • Rehearsals with orchestra: Tuesday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 10, 2022
  • Dress Rehearsal with orchestra: Saturday, May 14, 2022

Complete this form to apply.


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Please contact Soojin Lee, Student Performance Coordinator, at

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