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Erin Barnard Named as WYSO Music Makers Program Director

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Barnard as WYSO Music Makers Program Director, effective August 19, 2019. Barnard is currently the conductor of the WYSO Opus One orchestra, a position she will continue to hold for the 2019-2020 season

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Announcing: A Special Benefit Concert featuring Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat

A special benefit concert for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras Chamber Music Program, Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” examines how war can affect us individually and as a society. Now 100 years old, this captivating folktale tells the story of a soldier, a violin, and the devil

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WYSO Announces Recipient of 2019 Rabin Youth Arts Award

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras is pleased to announce that the Verona Area Community Theater (VACT) is the recipient of the 2019 Rabin Youth Arts Award. VACT was recognized in the “Artistic Achievement” category, which “recognizes an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution in areas

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WYSO Alumna Teaching Literacy Through Music

Last summer, WYSO alumna Emily Stephenson became familiar with the Minnesota Literacy Council while teaching a literacy class to children as a Summer Reads VISTA volunteer. “I had such a life changing experience that I chose to continue my service with the Minnesota Literacy Council,” Emily said. “I

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Inhorn Scholarship Fund Helps Eliminate Financial Barriers for WYSO Students

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras is proud to announce the Stanley and Shirley Inhorn Scholarship Fund, a new scholarship fund established with the goal of expanding access to WYSO programs and opportunities available to young musicians. Initiated with a $10,000 lead gift from WYSO Life Trustees Stanley

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Enroll in the WYSO Summer Chamber Music Camp

Held Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19 on the Edgewood College campus in Madison, the WYSO Chamber Music Camp is designed for musicians ages 11 to 18 interested in developing their performance and preparation skills with their peers in a fun, relaxed setting. Camp is open to all strings

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WYSO Set to Perform Side by Side Concert with WCO

Youth Orchestra will once again participate in a free side by side concert with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 at Overture Hall in Madison. The program includes two solo concerto performances from winners of the annual Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Brian Liebau,

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WYSO to present the Bolz Family Spring Concerts

WYSO will present the Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family Spring Concerts series on Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, May 18 in Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park Street, Madison. Winners of the annual Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra Concerto Competitions will perform a concerto with their orchestra. Youth

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Audition Excerpts Now Available

Audition excerpts for the 2019-2020 WYSO season are available here. These excerpts are designed to provide the judges with a basis for adjudicating students on the same materials with the same length of preparation. Excerpts change from year to year. Our online audition registration period runs through

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WYSO Audition Registration Now Open

Join a tradition of excellence! The audition registration period for the 2019-2020 WYSO season is officially open. Students can learn more about our audition process and book an audition appointment here. Registration runs through April 22, with auditions to be held June 4 through June 12, 2019 at

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