Family Guide

Congratulations and Welcome to WYSO!

This page provides some basic information for you to acquaint yourself with WYSO expectations, policies, dates, and culture prior to the first rehearsals. A comprehensive Member Handbook will be available to view and download at a later date.

To accept your placement for the 2020-2021 season, please complete the Letter of Agreement and Registration Form by Saturday, September 5, 2020.

If you have any questions that are not answered below or through the corresponding links, please feel free to contact us at any time.

WYSO Contact Information and Office Hours/Locations

What is WYSO?

“The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras program is a reflection of a community spirit. It brings together families, teachers nurturing young musicians’ talents, music education programs, cultural institutions, and financial support from across Wisconsin.” -Marvin Rabin, WYSO Founder

WYSO Orchestras

WYSO Ensembles

Fees and Payments

Tuition covers less than 30% of the cost of WYSO programs. The following link includes the tiered tuition levels, policies, payment dates, and button to pay tuition online.



The WYSO Board of Directors is dedicated to ensuring that WYSO is affordable for every member. WYSO encourages members to apply for financial aid scholarships. Scholarship awards are based on need and funds available, NOT musical merit. Scholarships are offered for tuition, the Chamber Music Program, and private lessons.

New to this year, WYSO is offering scholarships through the Families First Fund for families financially impacted by COVID-19. These scholarships are available all year for tuition, Chamber Music Program, private lessons, and musical instrument assitance. Families First Fund scholarships are open to all members and does not require income/tax information.

Scholarship Information

Families First Fund Scholarship Application


As a way to support WYSO’s annual operating budget, each member is expected to raise a minimum of $150 per year through participation in WYSO’s family fundraising campaign:

Musical Notes

What You Need for WYSO

  • Wire music stand (labeled with your name!)
  • Pencils
  • Instrument and accessories (bow, reeds, mutes, extra strings, etc.)
  • Folder of music
  • Concert clothing as outlined in the Member Handbook

Click here for more information regarding required supplies for the 2020-2021 season. These supplies are subject to change as circumstances change.

Please note: At this time, a limited number of bell covers are available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis from WYSO. Contact Joe Greer to inquiry about cost and availability. 

Attendance Policy

WYSO’s attendance policy exists to ensure a safe and positive experience for all members. Attendance is taken at all rehearsals and concerts. Please submit an absence card at least one week in advance of an absence so your conductor can properly plan rehearsal and staff can account for your whereabouts.

Visit the Absences & Attendance page to learn more about the COVID-19 Attendance Addendum for additional information regarding attendance for the 2020-2021 season.


Report Absence

Rehearsal Times and Schedules

Regular Saturday/Sunday Orchestra rehearsal times:

Orchestra rehearsal times for the 2020-2021 season will be dependent upon your orchestra placement. Please check your orchestra’s calendar for the most up to date information.

Regular Saturday/Sunday Ensemble rehearsal times:

Ensemble rehearsal times for the 2020-2021 season will be dependent upon space availability and orchestra rehearsals. Please check your ensemble’s calendar for the most up to date information.

Subscribe to your orchestra’s Google calendar here:


Concert Dates

For the 2020-2021 season, WYSO will present three concerts throughout the year. These include:

  • Evelyn Steenbock Fall Concerts
  • Diane Ballweg Winterfest Concerts
  • Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family Spring Concerts

The official dates, times, and locations will be announced at a later date.

Additional ensemble concerts and recitals will also be announced at a later date.

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