Life at MYSO

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More Than Just a Music Program

Find joy, passion and inspiration at MYSO, the largest after school youth orchestra in the country, and one of the most respected. Connect with like-minded highly motivated young musicians and make new friends. Train in the specialized acoustically designed Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, the only facility of its kind in the U.S. Stand out in the college application process with your achievements in MYSO. Participate in any one of 40 ensembles and supplemental training programs ranging from full symphony and string orchestras, percussion, jazz and steel pan ensembles to music theory and composition classes and international tours.

Learn from our accomplished
leadership and educators

We employ some of the most accomplished music educators in the region, who blend creativity and pedagogical expertise with great breadth of musical knowledge. Our Master Classes provide exposure to the talents of Milwaukee area and visiting professional musicians.

Students rehearse weekly throughout the season at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, giving concerts in a wide variety of venues throughout the region.

The structure of MYSO programming includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced ensembles, creating a ladder for advancement throughout their participation.

Student participants must audition each season for membership, as well as for seating assignments within their ensemble.

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Being a MYSO member is a rewarding experience that drives musical, learning, and social skills. If you’d like to find out more about the audition process, sign up to be notified!