Special Events

WYSO Special Events

In addition to concerts and recitals, WYSO hosts additional events throughout the year which are open to the public. Please check back often for an updated schedule.

Art of Note

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 6 pm
Monona Terrace
1 John Nolen Drive, Madison


The Art of Note Gala is the signature annual fundraising event for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras. This event supports world-class music education for dedicated young musicians from across southern Wisconsin. With attendance of over 300 community members, the 2018 Gala raised nearly $100,000 in support of the core programming for the students of WYSO.

“Spirits Rising”

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 1:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall
455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI

Presented by the WYSO Percussion Ensemble, the 18th annual Percussion EXTRAVAGANZA! will feature nearly 150 performers, including instrumentalists, vocalists, and dancers. Guests will hear global music from several world cultures, plus the world premiere of Common Mind by composer and WYSO alumnus Jon D. Nelson.

Collaborators include the UW Samba Band, the UW PanGlobal Ensemble, Kalaanjali School of Dance, Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance, saxophonist Drew Whiting, Madison Youth Choir, Ultimate Leap Dance Studio, the WYSO Brass Choir, and soloists Robert Rockman, Megan McCrumb, and Todd Hammes.

Youth Orchestra Side by Side Concert
with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Overture Hall
201 State Street, Madison, WI

The WYSO Youth Orchestra is thrilled to once again participate in a side by side concert with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra! Youth Orchestra will perform with WCO at Overture Hall, Madison’s state of the art performance arts center.

Open Rehearsals

Throughout the year, WYSO hosts an open rehearsal for prospective students and parents. Students observe certain WYSO ensembles rehearse, take a tour of our facility, and meet with our administrative staff in a brief Q&A. Prospective students and parents also get the chance to ask questions of some of our WYSO members and parents. If you would like to visit a rehearsal on a day that we are not holding an open rehearsal, please contact us at (608) 263-3320.



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