Awarded to Talented High School and College Students


  • Four students (age 16+) will be selected by audition to be apprentices for the 2022-23 season.
  • Accepted applicants will rehearse with the Choristers on Wednesday evenings in Wauwatosa and perform concerts in December and April.
  • Auditions are Wednesday, Aug. 24 by appointment at Wauwatosa Ave. United Methodist Church.
  • Each student will receive $700 paid in two $350 installments in December and April, depending on participation/attendance.

Roots Apprenticeship Program flyer


  • Must be a member in good standing of an area high school or college/university choir.
  • High school students must be at least 16 years old and have their school director’s permission.
  • Must sing an audition for Choristers’ music director Dr. James, B. Kinchen, Jr.
  • Must show musical/vocal talent, strong choral music interest, and promise of future success in community choral arts.


  • Coverage of memberships for the season ($100)
  • Music for rehearsals and concerts (refundable $25 deposit required)
  • Concert attire furnished ($100-plus value)
  • Full participation in all Milwaukee Choristers’ activities for the season
  • Opportunity to study and sing a varied repertoire with one of Milwaukee’s most versatile and popular vocal groups.


  • Email to notify the Choristers of your interest. Please include your voice part and why you are interested in this apprenticeship.
  • Call 414-354-1933 if you would prefer to speak with someone over the phone about this opportunity.
  • You will be notified of auditions – likely to be held in June. (Apprenticeship auditions are separate from the Choristers’ annual new member adult auditions held in August.)


  • You will be asked to sing a prepared solo or aria.
  • You must provide a reference letter from your choral director.
  • You will be asked to express why you are committed to continue choral singing once you are out of school.

The Milwaukee Choristers began in 1933 when a group of students graduating high school wanted to continuing singing in a choir. This initiative honors the roots of the organization by encouraging the involvement of young choral singers.