A letter from the WYSO Executive Director

Dear Friends of WYSO,

I’d like to share some important and exciting news with you.

Recently, the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras unanimously voted to acquire the Madison Music Makers program, founded by Bonnie Greene in 2008, making it a program of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras.  This historic decision was the culmination of two years of research and due diligence to lay the groundwork for this action.  This will insure that the mission of Madison Music Makers, to provide access to music education and performance opportunities for underserved children will be properly supported well into the future.

WYSO has a history of success and a firm foundation that positions us as uniquely suited to carry this program forward into the future.  With our strong artistic and administrative leadership we can provide the same benefits of participation that we provide to our current orchestra members; access to a quality music education; the opportunity to improve their confidence, focus and discipline to achieve better academic results and performance opportunities that will make them proud of themselves and improve their self-esteem.

Although, we currently have 14 children from the Music Makers program in the WYSO orchestras, this is not a feeder program for our WYSO orchestras.  The members of the WYSO Music Makers program will have the opportunity to take private lessons on violin, guitar, piano and drums.  Group lessons will be held each week.   There will be no audition required to be a part of WYSO Music Makers.

Paran Amirinazari has been hired as the Program Director for WYSO Music Makers. Paran is a WYSO chamber music coach and has led the Music Makers Honors Ensembles for the past few years. Her many musical accomplishments and her familiarity with both WYSO and the Music Makers programs make her uniquely qualified to build a successful program that will benefit many children in our community. She is a professional violinist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Willy Street Chamber Players. She will receive her DMA in Violin Performance from UW Madison in the fall and is looking forward to carrying out the WYSO Music Makers mission and being a part of the WYSO team.

The WYSO family continues to grow with the addition of this wonderfully diverse community of children who will come to know the joy and benefits of music study and performance.

Please feel free to contact me at any time should you have questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful summer!


Bridget Fraser
Executive Director

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