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MYSO Staff

MYSO’s talented music faculty members blend creativity and pedagogical expertise with their great breadth of musical knowledge. They come from all corners of the musical world and include UW-Milwaukee faculty, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra players, seasoned and recognized school educators and other noted area musicians.

MYSO’s experienced, capable administrative staff has doubled the organization’s enrollment over the past fifteen years while successfully completing the fundraising for—and building of—MYAC, a major community facility.

The entire MYSO family is united in its dedication not only to training future performers and music educators but especially to instilling in many thousands of young people a much deeper appreciation of the arts—fine music in particular.

To contact a member of the MYSO staff, please email or call the MYSO office at 414-267-2950.



Linda Edelstein Executive Director
Marna Bestul Operations Manager
Simba Gandari Finance and Administration Manager
Amanda Brittain Music Librarian
Kate Goerdt Community Liaison
Michelle Hoffman Communications Director
Kim Jankowiak Finance Director
Emily Lukasek Development Director
Matthew Makeever Operations Director
Casey Manderscheid Office Manager
Ron Oshima Marketing Director
Carter Simmons

Artistic Director

Music Director, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra

Don Sipe Artistic Administrator
Katie Phillips Development Manager

Orchestral and Musical Studies

Carter Simmons

Artistic Director

Music Director, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra

Frank Almond Artist-in-Residence

James Burmeister

Director of Music Theory Instruction

Sonora Brusubardis String Orchestra North Coach
Chris Carloni String Orchestra Central Coach

Nicholas Carlson

Wind Ensemble Assistant Conductor

Margery Deutsch

Senior Symphony Music Director

Ashley DeYoung

String Orchestra West Coach

Matthew DeYoung

String Orchestra West Coach

Daniel Duffy

Philharmonia Music Director

Thomas Dvorak

Wind Ensemble Music Director

Jerome Franke Philharmonia String Advisor
Mike Giacobassi Metropolitan Symphony String Advisor
Andrew Hacker Wind Ensemble Assistant Conductor

Melissa Jastrow

String Orchestra South Coach

Janet Jensen String Orchestra North Music Director
Yuka Kadota Senior Symphony String Advisor

Lyda Osinga

String Orchestra Central and Prelude Orchestra Music Director

Anne Marie Peterson

String Orchestra West Music Director

Steven Rindt

Sinfonia Music Director

Don Sipe

Brass Choir Director

Lenee Stevens

Chamber Flute Ensemble, Flute Chorale Music Director

Lynn Trinkl

String Orchestra South Music Director

Tobie Wilkinson Percussion Ensemble Director

Progressions and MYSO Scholars

John Babbitt

Progressions Bass Instructor

Cathy Bush

Progressions Violin Instructor

Ravenna Helson

Progressions Cello Instructor

Janet Jensen Progressions Director

Carmen Kitts

MYSO Scholars Lead Teacher

Cathy Kolb

Progressions Violin Instructor

Mary Pat Michels

Progressions Orchestra Director

Steven Rindt Progressions Violin Instructor
Chauntee Ross Progressions Viola Instructor
Alicia Storin MYSO Scholars Cello Instructor

Jazz Studies


Chris Mell

Jazz Studies Director and Instructor

Tony Ayala

Jazz Studies Instructor

Neil Davis

Jazz Studies Instructor

Jason Goldsmith

Jazz Studies Instructor

Billy Johnson Jazz Studies Instructor

Dean Lea

Jazz Studies Instructor

John Simons Jazz Studies Instructor
Jeno Somlai Jazz Studies Instructor
Ken Wiele Jazz Studies Instructor



Tim Rush

Calypso Director

Jonathan Walls Steel Band Instructor



Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

325 West Walnut Street, Milwaukee, WI  53212 

Telephone: (414) 267-2950

Fax:  (414) 267-2960