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WYSO Fall Concerts Includes Guest Performance by WYSO Alumna

The Evelyn Steenbock Fall Concerts begin Saturday, November 16, and continue on Friday, November 22 with a Youth Orchestra collaboration with guest artists Michael Rusinek (clarinet) and Nancy Goeres (bassoon). A native of Lodi, Wisconsin and a WYSO alumna, Goeres is the principal bassoonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to coming to...

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Zack Robbins Joins WYSO as Development Director

WYSO is pleased to announce the hiring of Zack Robbins as Development Director for the organization. Zack brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position, having served in administrative and advancement roles for the University of Maryland-College Park, Duke University, the Morgridge Institute for Research, and the University of...

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Erin Barnard Named as WYSO Music Makers Program Director

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Barnard as WYSO Music Makers Program Director, effective August 19, 2019. Barnard is currently the conductor of the WYSO Opus One orchestra, a position she will continue to hold for the 2019-2020 season in addition to her WYSO Music Makers duties. Barnard, a music...

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Youth Orchestra to Perform at Concert in the Park

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras will once again perform at Concert in the Park on Wednesday, August 7 at 1200 John Q. Hammons Drive in the Old Sauk Trails Business Park. Hosted by The Gialamas Company, Concert in the Park is fun for all ages, and free for all to enjoy! Led by Youth Orchestra Conductor Kyle Knox, WYSO’s Youth Orchestra will perform...

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Reconnect with WYSO at the Alumni Reunion

All WYSO alumni are cordially invited to attend the UW School of Music and WYSO Alumni Reunion October 25 through October 27. The reunion is in conjunction with the Hamel Music Center opening weekend celebration. Highlights from the weekend include an opportunity to attend the official Hamel Music Center ribbon cutting, observe a WYSO rehearsal in Mills...

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WYSO Announces Recipient of 2019 Rabin Youth Arts Award

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras is pleased to announce that the Verona Area Community Theater (VACT) is the recipient of the 2019 Rabin Youth Arts Award. VACT was recognized in the “Artistic Achievement” category, which “recognizes an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution in areas such as teaching, program development,...

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WYSO Alumna Teaching Literacy Through Music

Last summer, WYSO alumna Emily Stephenson became familiar with the Minnesota Literacy Council while teaching a literacy class to children as a Summer Reads VISTA volunteer. “I had such a life changing experience that I chose to continue my service with the Minnesota Literacy Council,” Emily said. “I am passionate about the immense impact improving literacy...

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Inhorn Scholarship Fund Helps Eliminate Financial Barriers for WYSO Students

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras is proud to announce the Stanley and Shirley Inhorn Scholarship Fund, a new scholarship fund established with the goal of expanding access to WYSO programs and opportunities available to young musicians. Initiated with a $10,000 lead gift from WYSO Life Trustees Stanley and Shirley Inhorn, this fund will help...

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Enroll in the WYSO Summer Chamber Music Camp

Held Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19 on the Edgewood College campus in Madison, the WYSO Chamber Music Camp is designed for musicians ages 11 to 18 interested in developing their performance and preparation skills with their peers in a fun, relaxed setting. Camp is open to all strings players, pre-formed woodwind and brass groups, and all non-WYSO...

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WYSO Set to Perform Side by Side Concert with WCO

Youth Orchestra will once again participate in a free side by side concert with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 at Overture Hall in Madison. The program includes two solo concerto performances from winners of the annual Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Brian Liebau, flute, will perform Harty's In Ireland, and Benjamin Davies...

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WYSO to present the Bolz Family Spring Concerts

WYSO will present the Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family Spring Concerts series on Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, May 18 in Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park Street, Madison. Winners of the annual Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra Concerto Competitions will perform a concerto with their orchestra. Youth Orchestra cellist Grace Kim of Waunakee will perform the...

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