WYSO’s Resident Organizations
Meet the WYSO Center for Music’s
The new WYSO Center for Music is a place for the Madison community to create, learn, and collaborate together! We are very pleased to welcome our first Resident Organizations to the WYSO Center for Music, home of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras.
Each of these outstanding organizations has made a multi-year commitment to conduct a significant portion of their operations at the WYSO Center for Music. Together with WYSO, each of these organizations is also mutually committed to explore opportunities for mission-aligned collaboration.
Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras
The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras will enrich lives by providing transformational musical experiences & opportunities.
Through their involvement with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, all young people will be inspired to sustain a lifelong connection with music and to strive for personal excellence in music and in life.
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (WCO) begins a four-year summer residency at the WYSO Center in June 2024 as its rehearsal home for Concerts on the Square® and to extend a long-standing artistic/educational collaboration with WYSO through the Side-by-Side Project. Founded in 1960, the WCO is one of the elite chamber ensembles in the United States and is dedicated to advancing Wisconsin communities through the transformative power of music. Under the direction of Maestro Andrew Sewell, WCO leverages the unique characteristics of chamber music to bring a wide variety of repertoire to audiences in settings that range from the formality of the concert hall to the intimacy of smaller community venues and the open accessibility of parks and other public spaces.
Madison Area Music Educators
Madison Area Music Educators (MAME) begins a multi-year residency in Spring 2024 that includes master classes, Honors Recitals, professional development programs for MAME members, and governance meetings. MAME is our local association of the Wisconsin Music Teachers (WMTA) and Music Teachers National (MTNA) Associations. Led by President and Piano Instructor Shad Wentzlaff, MAME includes teachers of piano, voice, organ, and strings. MAME promotes high teaching standards through self-evaluation, discussion and action; improves and expands the opportunities for all music students in the Madison area through participation in numerous MAME, WMTA, and MTNA events; increases public awareness of quality professional music education; and fosters growth and enrichment in the cultural and artistic life of the entire community.
Madison Flute Club and the Wisconsin Flute Festival
Madison Flute begins a 4-year residency at the WYSO Center in Spring 2024 as the home of the annual Wisconsin Flute Festival. Founded in 2002 and led by Co-Artistic Directors Dr. Heidi Keener and Dr. Danielle Breisach, the Madison Flute Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a member of the National Flute Association. Madison Flute Club is a vibrant community that sustains the lifelong joys of studying the flute and performing flute music. The Club’s offerings include Adult Flute Choir, Chamber Flute Choir, and Youth Ensembles for middle and high school students. Flute Club ensembles perform regularly throughout the Madison area. The annual Wisconsin Flute Festival features masterclasses, recital performances, competitions, conference presentations, and exhibitors from the United States and around the world.
Middleton Music Therapy Services, LLC
Middleton Music Therapy Services, LLC
The WYSO Center welcomes Ingrid Gruett, founder and Director of Middleton Music Therapy Services, LLC. Ms. Gruett earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and Master of Music Therapy degree from Alverno College. She is a certified Neurologic Music Therapist and Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapist and focuses her practice on supporting individuals who are coping with post-stroke recovery, memory care needs, social-emotional challenges, chronic pain, and self-expression and communication needs. Ingrid will be in residence at the WYSO Center weekly beginning in January 2024, providing music therapy services to clients and consulting with WYSO faculty and staff on adaptive music pedagogy to support music students with unique needs.