Our Programs


Each year WYSO offers a full array of the finest orchestral training and performance opportunities to young musicians between the ages of 5 and 18. Three full orchestras, two string orchestras, and a variety of ensemble programs from Harp to Percussion to Brass Choir form the core of the WYSO Orchestral Program.

The WYSO Music Makers program supports students who would like to learn instrumental music in a non-competitive environment, regardless of ability to pay. The program provides instruments, music, and instruction to a diverse group of students who may not have any previous instrumental experience. No audition is required for participation.


WYSO Youth Rehearsal Bass
WYSO Youth Rehearsal Full Orchestra
WYSO Youth Rehearsal Violins


The WYSO Orchestra Program is perfect for the student who has been introduced to an instrument —and loves playing. This extension of school music and private lessons introduces young musicians as young as eight years old to a community of players as passionate about music as they are. Our students learn and grow alongside other young musicians who travel to the Madison area from 19 counties in southern Wisconsin each Saturday for 33 weeks throughout the school year. Performances are integral to the program, from chamber music recitals to full orchestral programs, from the percussion extravaganza to community and international tours.

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In the WYSO Music Makers, students find a diverse learning community of other students who are passionate about music. Almost 70% of the students speak a language other than English in the home, and here they truly discover that music is a universal language.

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WYSO Chamber music is often called a conversation among friends as the music is written so that each instrument plays a unique part. Students take turns leading and following and learn to listen closely to each other.

WYSO Tour in Peru


WYSO orchestras typically rehearse on Saturdays during the academic year, perform three to four public concerts per season, and tour regionally, nationally and internationally. WYSO’s Youth Orchestra has toured to Peru, Italy, Argentina, Central Europe, Canada, Japan, Scotland, Spain, France, Colorado, Iowa, and Washington, D.C.