Touring

Performances by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras are the result of individual practice and weekly WYSO rehearsals. WYSO Tour/Enrichment programs expand and augment the WYSO music programs by providing experiences for all WYSO musicians through travel, performance, the arts, cultural and educational opportunities.

The WYSO Board and staff believe a WYSO member can experience significant individual growth in a setting totally apart from the daily support network of home and school. We believe the WYSO touring experience offers development potential for a member to grow independently, to increase teamwork skills and to build on the strengths of the family/school network while outside of that environment.

In-State Tours

Every WYSO season, each orchestra gives concerts in Madison and throughout the state. Philharmonia Orchestra generally performs in a scheduled one-day tour. Concert Orchestra and Sinfonietta typically embark on a local one-day tour to area schools or school-based cultural events. Youth Orchestra performance opportunities vary from season to season.

WYSO pays most of the tour fees but may ask members to pay for their meal costs and other special events while on the tour (e.g., museum tours, a professional orchestra concert, etc.) Please be advised that in-state tours of all orchestras require that the member miss at least one day of school per year.

Regional Tours

In 2017, the WYSO Philharmonia Orchestra toured to Minneapolis, MN to perform with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Philharmonic. This special overnight tour featured combined rehearsals and a performance along with a master class by GTCYS Artistic Director, Mark Russell Smith and a visit to the Mall of America.

International Tours

The WYSO Youth Orchestra has a long history of touring internationally and domestically. Extended tours are usually 5 to 14 days in length. Past performance trips have included Argentina, Canada, Japan, Spain, Scotland, France, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Peru, Washington DC and New York City.

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