Thomas Buchhauser

WYSO’s former Philharmonia Conductor and Associate Music Director, Tom Buchhauser, has served as an exemplary music educator for thousands of students who have played in the ranks of Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras.  At the end of the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Buchhauser brought his productive and inspiring career spanning 30 years at WYSO to a close.  Mr. Buchhauser’s masterful conducting, along with his kindness and wit have endeared him to multiple generations of students who have taken his lessons to heart.

Mr. Buchhauser holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from UW-Madison and retired in 1999 after 33 years as Director of Orchestras for Memorial High School and Jefferson Middle School.  Mr. Buchhauser has been chairman of the Wisconsin Honors Music Project and has received Distinguished Service Awards from the Wisconsin Music Educators Conference, Madison Metropolitan School District and the Wisconsin String Teachers Association.  In 1993 the National School Orchestra Association elected him Director of the Year.  He received the first Rabin Youth Arts Award in March 2001.

Upon announcing his decision to retire, Mr. Buchhauser shared, “I have had many teachers and experiences that have shaped my life as a musician, teacher and conductor but none so profound as Marvin Rabin’s coming to Madison in 1966 to start WYSO and David Nelson asking me to be Associate Music Director of WYSO in 1983. It has been an honor to be part of such a great organization and I will be forever grateful to WYSO for all that it has given to me.”

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