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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 Offices are closed for the Holidays

The WYSO Beltline Office will be closed on December 24 & 25 for the Christmas holiday and December 31 & January 1st for the New Year holiday. The office will be open from 9:00-4:00 on December 26, 27, 30 of 2019,  resuming regular hours on January 2, 

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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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Erin Barnard Named as WYSO Music Makers Program Director

The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Barnard as WYSO Music Makers Program Director, effective August 19, 2019. Barnard is currently the conductor of the WYSO Opus One orchestra, a position she will continue to hold for the 2019-2020 season

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Youth Orchestra to Perform at Concert in the Park

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras will once again perform at Concert in the Park on Wednesday, August 7 at 1200 John Q. Hammons Drive in the Old Sauk Trails Business Park. Hosted by The Gialamas Company, Concert in the Park is fun for all ages, and free for

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Reconnect with WYSO at the Alumni Reunion

All WYSO alumni are cordially invited to attend the UW School of Music and WYSO Alumni Reunion October 25 through October 27. The reunion is in conjunction with the Hamel Music Center opening weekend celebration. Highlights from the weekend include an opportunity to attend the official Hamel Music

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WYSO Announces Recipient of 2019 Rabin Youth Arts Award

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras is pleased to announce that the Verona Area Community Theater (VACT) is the recipient of the 2019 Rabin Youth Arts Award. VACT was recognized in the “Artistic Achievement” category, which “recognizes an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution in areas

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WYSO Alumna Teaching Literacy Through Music

Last summer, WYSO alumna Emily Stephenson became familiar with the Minnesota Literacy Council while teaching a literacy class to children as a Summer Reads VISTA volunteer. “I had such a life changing experience that I chose to continue my service with the Minnesota Literacy Council,” Emily said. “I

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