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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The 2020 Art of Note Gala is Postponed, but the Online Auction is on!

The Art of Note Gala has been postponed until Fall, however the Online Auction is underway now and our goal is to raise $110,000 to support scholarships and core programming for the WYSO orchestras, ensembles, and Music Makers. To register for the auction and begin your bidding

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The March 13 Diane Ballweg Winterfest Concert is Almost Sold Out!

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) will present the second concert series of its 19-20 season on March 13 and 14, 2020. In the Friday night Youth Orchestra Concert, the top WYSO orchestra will take the stage with the four Madison Opera Studio Artists in the beautiful new Hamel Music Center on the

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WYSO Endangered Instrument Workshops Begin This Saturday!

The 2020 WYSO Endangered Instrument Workshops begin this Saturday, January 11,  and provide an opportunity for students to try out one of the Endangered Instruments and work with a top-notch coach. The workshops are free of charge and open to both WYSO Members and Non-Members. What is

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WYSO Fall Youth Concert Gets Rave Review

Greg Hettmansberger attended the November 22 Youth Orchestra Concert and was wildly enthusiastic about the performance. From the headline “WYSO Wows with Wondrous Performance” to the ending line, it is clear that Hettmansberger is a fan of the orchestra, the conductor, and the fabulous guest artists. Read

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WYSO Fall Concerts Includes Guest Performance by WYSO Alumna

The Evelyn Steenbock Fall Concerts begin Saturday, November 16, and continue on Friday, November 22 with a Youth Orchestra collaboration with guest artists Michael Rusinek (clarinet) and Nancy Goeres (bassoon). A native of Lodi, Wisconsin and a WYSO alumna, Goeres is the principal bassoonist of the Pittsburgh

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Zack Robbins Joins WYSO as Development Director

WYSO is pleased to announce the hiring of Zack Robbins as Development Director for the organization. Zack brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position, having served in administrative and advancement roles for the University of Maryland-College Park, Duke University, the Morgridge Institute for Research, and

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