New Philharmonic and Maestro Kirk Muspratt Announce Third Annual Young People’s Competition at the MAC, Friday, May 20

March 30, 2016

Audition Reservation Deadline: Thursday, May 19

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – New Philharmonic and Maestro Kirk Muspratt are pleased to announce the third annual New Philharmonic Young People’s Competition, an event to showcase the talents of local youth instrumentalists and vocalists grades 3-11. Students may audition Friday, May 20, 3-9 p.m. at the McAninch Arts Center, Room 140, 425 Fawell Blvd. The audition reservation deadline is Thursday, May 19. For more information, visit and click on the New Philharmonic tab.

“New Philharmonic has been extremely pleased with the way this program has enhanced our connection to the DuPage community,” says Muspratt. “Our youth musicians have found the opportunity to perform at the MAC a memorable experience, and we have all been inspired by their enthusiasm for classical music and impressed with their incredible talent.”  2015-2016 Competition winners included Hanover Park’s Albrecht (A.J.) Escobar (clarinet); Lisle’s Alexis E. Johnson (cello); Lombard’s Javier Cisneros (trombone); and Wheaton’s Luke Burden (violin), Nicholas Djordevic (cello), Isabel Jara (violin), Emma Kuruppacherry (vocalist), Cameron Laird (cello), Mila Vukonich (violin) and Samuel Walkout (viola).

Winners, selected in the May 20 auditions, will have the opportunity to perform at a New Philharmonic concert at the Lakeside Pavilion or in the Belushi Performance Hall Winners within 18 months following the competition. The competition is open to young instrumentalists and vocalists who reside in College of DuPage Community College District 502 or who study with a teacher in District 502. Students must have completed no grade higher than the 11th grade by June 30, 2016.

Audition Reservations

Audition reservations may be made over the phone at 630.942.3008 during regular business hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, May 19. There is a $20 fee per audition entry. A PDF version of the application form can be downloaded from and click on the New Philharmonic tab. Vocal and instrumental solos, duets, trios and quartets are welcomed. Audition pieces can be no longer than two minutes or cut to that length and should be memorized.  If an accompanist is required, those auditioning must provide their own accompanist.

New Philharmonic is a professional orchestra in residence of the MAC that has inspired classical music enthusiasts in Chicago and the suburbs for three decades. Under the direction of critically-acclaimed Conductor and Music Director Kirk Muspratt, the group gives innovative treatment to both classic compositions and modern works and strives to make the music accessible to new audiences and youth through a variety of educational efforts.

New Philharmonic is supported in part by theCollege of DuPage Foundation through its New Philharmonic Fund. Performances are also funded in part by a grant by The DuPage Community Foundation’s JCS Fund for Arts and Education and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 236-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MACis to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit, or