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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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WYSO is a Proud Winner of a Best of Madison Award!

We are proud to announce that WYSO has won a Best of Madison Award for 2020 from Madison Magazine for the category of Best of Madison Youth Performing Arts Group! With over 340,000 unique votes, this was the largest voting recorded. Thanks to all of our WYSO

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WYSO Percussion Extravaganza Postponed

The WYSO Percussion Extravaganza, scheduled for Saturday, May 4, has been postponed in response to Covid-19. This amazing concert was scheduled to feature the WYSO Percussion Ensemble and and a list of guest artists that included Matthew Coley, glass marimbist, the UW World Percussion Ensemble, and  the

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In response to Covid-19, WYSO staff members are working remotely.

The WYSO Offices at the Humanities Building and the Beltline are closed as the WYSO staff members are working remotely. Admin staff services are available 9:00 to 5:00 M-F by telephone (608) 263-3320 and email. Click here for Staff Contacts.  

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WYSO Concerts & Events Postponed!

In response to the recent announcements from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,  all of the Diane Ballweg Winterfest Concerts have been postponed. This includes the March 13 concert at the Hamel Music Center and the March 14 concerts scheduled for Mills Hall. The safety and health of our community is our

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