Family Guide

Congratulations and Welcome to WYSO!

This page provides some basic information for you to acquaint yourself with WYSO expectations, policies, dates, and culture prior the first rehearsals in September. A comprehensive Member Handbook will be available to download in early August.

If you have any questions that are not answered below or through the corresponding links, please feel free to contact us at any time.

WYSO Contact Information and Office Hours/Locations

What is WYSO?

“The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra program is a reflection of a community spirit. It brings together families, teachers nurturing young musicians’ talents, music education programs, cultural institutions, and financial support from across Wisconsin.” -Marvin Rabin, WYSO Founder

WYSO Orchestras

WYSO Ensembles

Fees and Payments

Tuition covers less than 30% of the cost of WYSO programs.  The following link includes the tiered tuition levels, policies, payment dates, and button to pay tuition online.



The WYSO Board of Directors is dedicated to ensuring that WYSO is affordable for every member. WYSO encourages members to apply for financial aid scholarships. Scholarship awards are based on need and funds available, NOT musical merit. Scholarships are offered for tuition, the Chamber Music Program, and private lessons.

Scholarship Information


As a way to support WYSO’s annual operating budget, each member is expected to raise a minimum of $150 per year through participation in WYSO’s family fundraising campaign:

Musical Notes

What You Need for WYSO

  • Wire music stand (labeled with your name!)
  • Pencils
  • Instrument and accessories (bow, reeds, mutes, extra strings, etc.)
  • Folder of music
  • Concert clothing as outlined in the Member Handbook

Attendance Policy

WYSO’s attendance policy exists to ensure a safe and positive experience for all members. Attendance is taken at all rehearsals and concerts. Please submit an absence card at least one week in advance of an absence so your conductor can properly plan rehearsal and staff can account for your whereabouts.


Report Absence

Rehearsal Times and Schedules

Regular Saturday Orchestra rehearsal times:

  • Youth Orchestra: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Philharmonia Orchestra: 9:45 am – 12:45 pm
  • Concert Orchestra: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Sinfonietta: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Opus One: 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Regular Saturday Ensemble rehearsal times:

  • Percussion Ensemble: 7:00 am – 9:30 am
  • Brass Choir
    • Youth Brass Choir: 8:00 am – 8:45 am
    • Philharmonia Brass Choir: 8:45 am – 9:25 am
    • Concert Brass Choir: 9:25 am – 9:55 am
  • Chamber Music Ensembles: 8:00 am – 8:50 am OR 9:00 am – 9:55 am
  • Harp Ensemble: 9:00 am – 9:50 am

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Concert Dates

Evelyn Steenbock Fall Concerts

Saturday, November 16, 2019 – Mills Hall
11:30 am – Opus One & Sinfonietta
1:30 pm – Harp Ensemble & Concert Orchestra
4:00 pm – Percussion Ensemble & Philharmonia Orchestra

Friday, November 22, 2019 – Mills Hall
7:00 pm – Youth Orchestra

Diane Ballweg Winterfest Concerts

Friday, March 13, 2020 – Mills Hall 
7:00 pm – Youth Orchestra

Saturday, March 14, 2020 – Mills Hall 
11:30 am – Opus One & Sinfonietta
1:30 pm – Concert Orchestra
4:00 pm – Harp Ensemble & Philharmonia Orchestra

Percussion Extravaganza

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 1:30 pm – Mills Hall

Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family Spring Concerts

Saturday, May 16, 2020 – Mills Hall 
11:30 pm – Opus One & Sinfonietta
1:30 pm – Harp Ensemble & Concert Orchestra
4:00 pm – Percussion Ensemble & Philharmonia Orchestra

Sunday, May 17, 2020 – Mills Hall 
2:00 pm – Youth Orchestra

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