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The Story of the WYSO Virtual Concert

March 11 seems so long ago and yet, it seems like only days. The WYSO Youth Orchestra had just completed two amazing dress rehearsals in preparation for a sold out March 13 concert at the Hamel Music Center. On the program just before intermission was the William

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August Excitement—A Gift of New Percussion

WYSO has just received nearly $90,000 of brand-new percussion equipment, courtesy of a private family foundation who wishes to remain anonymous.  This generous gift was made possible because of the family’s history with, passion for, and active engagement with WYSO.  The incredible gift includes 10 copper bowl timpani, 4 marimbas,

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Announcing the 2020 Rabin Youth Arts Awardee!

The Rabin Youth Arts awards are presented each year to an organization or individual that has made a significant contribution in the area of Youth Arts. This year’s award for Artistic Achievement (for making a significant contribution in an area such as teaching, program development, or leadership in performance) has

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A WYSO Statement In Solidarity

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WYSO Celebrates Over 1000 Online Classes!

When the WYSO staff realized that rehearsals and group in-person classes were effectively canceled for Spring, WYSO Music  Director Kyle Knox and Membership Manager Valree Casey sprang into action. They created a schedule, recruited the sectional and chamber coaches to teach, and on Saturday, March 28, the

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A Fall Season Unlike Any Other

From our new residence in the beautiful McFarland Performing Arts Center to our new-found skills in online teaching and virtual performance, this coming Fall is looking full of promise and transformational change. What are the scenarios? Possibilities are still developing, but here are three scenarios for how WYSO’s

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WYSO Music Makers Spring Recital May 30 , 2020

The Spring WYSO Music Makers Recital streamed live on Saturday, May 30th at 1:00 pm, directly from the WYSO Music Makers Facebook Page. This program  featured over 20 Music Makers students who have just completed the Spring season of studying music via Zoom, Facebook, FaceTime, Skype, and

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In Fall 2020, WYSO’S new home will be the McFarland Performing Arts Center

An invitation from McFarland’s School Superintendent, a brand new state-of-the-art performing arts center, and the changing picture at the UW all worked together to create an exciting new home where the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras will be in residence beginning Fall 2020. Click here to learn more

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New May 31 Deadlines for Auditions & Seat Reservations

Whether a student chooses to stay in the same orchestra in which they have been playing or wants to audition into a new orchestra, the NEW deadline to let WYSO know your plans is MAY 31. If you are a current WYSO member and wish to remain in

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WYSO PLAYS ON!

The shocker came on March 11 with the postponement of the sold-out Youth Orchestra concert at the Hamel Music Center. In swift succession, every Spring concert and recital, the gala fundraiser, and all rehearsals followed suit. So how exactly was the season going to be salvaged? By

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