Blankenburg Spirit Award

In Memoriam
Patricia Blankenburg

WYSO was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a great champion of the arts, Patricia Blankenburg, in December 2010. Pat was an enthusiastic supporter of youth music education. Her work on the WYSO Board of Directors allowed thousands of young people in Wisconsin to experience the benefits of performing in an orchestra. An exceptional event organizer and fundraiser, she was instrumental in bringing American Players Theatre to Spring Green and was on the founding committee of the Badger State Games. Her support of WYSO’s young musicians will continue for years to come, as hundreds of students will benefit from scholarships and musical program funded by donations made in her memory.

This award is given annually to a WYSO Senior in Youth Orchestra.

  • Criteria for the award includes
  • Excellent attendance at rehearsals
  • Leadership qualities
  • A positive spirit,
  • Interest in building relationships across several sections of the orchestra.

These are qualities that Pat herself possessed and admired in WYSO’s young musicians.


2011 – Sami Jarjour, Percussion
2012 – Mikko Utevsky, Viola
2013 – Seth Lesondak, Violin
2014 – Claire Hacker, Violin
2015 – Antonia Rohlfing, Cello
2016 – David Cao, Violin
2017 – Maynie Bradley, Violin


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