WYSO’s New Home Partners

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WYSO’s New Home Meet Our Team!


WYSO has faced one facilities challenge after another this past year, from playing music under tents, to classrooms at Edgewood College, to a ballroom at Monona Terrace. We are grateful to all of the community organizations that offered space during this most unusual of years. The constant search for facilities also created a realization that:


  • WYSO is a major youth arts program and requires substantial rehearsal space for our five orchestras and chamber music, ensemble and Music Makers programs.
  • The scheduling of WYSO rehearsals is a complex matrix matching member and conductor availability to available facilities.
  • Having a WYSO facility of our own would allow us to prioritize the scheduling and services that make the most sense for all of our members.

A terrific group of community leaders, WYSO board members and staff members began to plan for both short-term and long-term facility needs. WYSO’s short-term plans will again encompass a combination of community venues, while the long-term plans will focus on a new home facility. 

WYSO is excited to introduce you to our community planning partners!

Urban Assets Melissa Huggins & Quinn Heneghan

Melissa Huggins and Quinn Heneghan are known for their expertise and experience with master plans and neighborhoods. Their keen understanding of project organization, stakeholder relationships, and long-term planning helps drive projects to the highest levels of success. As WYSO leaders first began to navigate the complexities of the WYSO New Home Project, they reached out to this Madison team, known for their ability to implement complex planning and development projects.

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Melissa Huggins

Quinn Heneghan

Quinn Heneghan

STRANG Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, and Planning

The architecture firm of Strang is well-known to Madisonians as the designer of such iconic buildings as the Overture Center downtown and the new Hamel Music Center on the UW-Madison campus. The winner of In Business Magazine’s Commercial Architecture award for 8 years running (2013-2021), Strang is also responsible for the innovative design work of the Arts+Literature Laboratory on East Washington, Summit Credit Union Inspiration Branch, Madison College Innovation Center and The Sylvee.

TALASKE Sound Thinking

Richard Talaske’s mission is to design the finest spaces for sound. From multi-use civic centers, to auditoriums, to permanent audio systems installed within buildings, Talaske strives for both silence and clarity of sound. The intertwined specialties of acoustic isolation, noise, and vibration control allow Talaske acousticians to create distraction-free environments combined with low noise. Locally, Talaske designed the sound at the Hamel Music Center, the Hill Theatre at APT, and the 2014 Memorial Union Theater Renovation.


J.H. Findorff & Son Planning and Construction

Findorff & Son

J.H. Findorff & Son is a local firm passionate about education and the arts. The company believes that key decisions made in the preconstruction planning process can establish the groundwork for the success of a project. Developing a project scope, identifying costs, and developing a comprehensive schedule will all ensure that WYSO’s New Home project starts and stays on track. Findorff has built numerous buildings in the Madison area, including the projects included.