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Kyra Levandoski: Dublin’s Past


Posted on July 21, 2019 by Michelle Hoffman

Our first stop Saturday was a guided sightseeing tour of Dublin. We got to see many amazing sights throughout the city including multiple gigantic cathedrals. I love architecture and looking at old buildings, so going around the ancient city and observing buildings from eras past was one of the highlights of the trip for me so far. The tour guide, Raini, was amazing. She was very casual and joked around with us, all the while explaining what we were seeing in a way that we could understand and relate to. She was our best tour guide so far. We also…

Alyssa Noseworthy: The Rocky Road to Dublin

Friday was another trek through Ireland’s cities: we would begin in Limerick, play a concert in Wexford, and finally arrive in Dublin at approximately midnight. Yet, with such a busy day before us, we still managed to enjoy sightseeing in this beautiful country. In particular, we went to the renowned Rock of Cashel, an ancient structure which served the dual role of religious significance and administrative purposes during its usage. In our guided tour through the Rock, we were presented with stunning architecture: staggering arches and pinnacles of magnificent towers, all sculpted from limestone and weathered through the ages. The…


July 20, 2019

Livia Romanov: Antique Lands

It was unanimously agreed that our current hotel in Limerick had a better breakfast than the Titanic. A staggered breakfast time between buses allowed for a more relaxing time preparing for the busy day ahead. We enjoyed a wonderful guided tour of the town of Galway. Everywhere you looked there were flags, stone foundations, and (most importantly) dogs! Our tour guide told us phenomenal stories of monkeys saving babies and men executing their sons. The history was so rich you could feel it in the cobblestone. Besides spending the bus rides perfecting my Irish accent with my best friends, I…


July 19, 2019

Alyssa Noseworthy: From the Titanic to Medieval Castles: A Walk in the Past

On the fourth day (July 17), we were destined to make the formidable passage from our stay in Northern Ireland to the Republic, changing hotels, currency, and expectations. Regardless, before we embarked, we were given the opportunity to partake in the Titanic Museum in Belfast. Built around the former site of the Titanic’s construction, it chronicles the remarkable process which brought it to its maiden voyage and eventual tragedy. My first impression was gaping, open-mouthed awe. The museum is a looming monument of sheer white panels, echoing back to both the ship itself, and the iceberg which determined its fate.…


July 18, 2019

Kyra Levandoski: Similar, but Different

To begin the day, we went to Giant's Causeway. I personally did not expect to do as much hiking as we did, so whatever nice hairdo I had at the beginning was completely gone by the time we got back on the bus. Although the places look similar, I was, unfortunately, told that the causeway was not the place where they filmed Luke Skywalker in the last Star Wars movie. But it was very humbling to think that we are in no way the first to step on those stones, and not even close to being the last. There are…


July 16, 2019

Livia Romanov: Tangible History

Picture this: we sit on a flight for eight hours, we eat some surprisingly spicy chicken, then we sit on a bus for two more hours. Then two more. Then two more. Then two more. Our descent into Dublin was my first round of firsts in this wonderful country. My first sheep spotted, my first exposure to the Irish (referred to in the U.S. as “Gaelic”) language, my first Cranberries song listened to on Irish soil. As we slowly made our way through immigration and as we slowly got our bags from the carousel, we got our first metaphorical taste…


July 15, 2019

Meet Our Tour Bloggers!

We are delighted to feature the writing talents of these three musicians in our 2019 Ireland Tour Blog: Bassist Kyra Levandoski, of New Berlin, will be a junior at New Berlin Eisenhower High School and has been a member of MYSO for three years. Violinist Alyssa Noseworthy, of West Alis, will be a senior at Nathan Hale High School and has been a MYSO member for four years. Violist  Livia Romanov, of West Allis, will be a senior at Brookfield Academy and has been in MYSO for six years. We are grateful to them for sharing the stories of their…


July 11, 2019

Welcome to our 2019 Ireland Tour Blog

Hello! Welcome to the blog for MYSO's 2019 tour of Ireland. Follow the orchestra on their once-in-a-lifetime journey with daily posts beginning Sunday, July 14. You will be reading the perspectives of a few of our touring musicians as they connect with different cultures and broaden their experiences. We can't wait to hear the stories of their travels! Keep up with their adventures by following MYSO on Facebook and Instagram, or on the "news" tab of myso.org.


July 09, 2019

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2019 Concerto Competition Results Announced

MYSO is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Concerto Competitions which took place Saturday, January 12, 2019. The winners of these competitions will perform as featured soloists with their ensembles at select concerts later this season. Please join us in congratulating the following musicians: Senior Symphony Winner: Carrie Wang, violin Runner-Up: Holly Venkitaswaran, flute Honorable Mention: Travis Cooke, trombone; Abigail Hanna, cello; Clara Montes, violin; Alex Mortensen, oboe; Lauren Simmons, cello; Grace Woo, violin Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Winner: Zak Chen, violin Runner-Up: Julianna Vogl, violin Honorable Mention: Ingrid Buschkopf, violin; Benjamin Doerr, violin; Cynthia Yan, flute Philharmonia Winner: Leonardo Viglietti, flute Runner-Up: Clark…


January 14, 2019

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2018 Concerto Competition Results Announced

MYSO is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Concerto Competitions which took place Saturday, January 13, 2018. The winners of these competitions will perform as featured soloists with their ensembles at select concerts later this season. Please join us in congratulating the following musicians: Senior Symphony Winner: Mara Bajic, violin Runner-Up: Arianna Brusubardis, violin Honorable Mention: Travis Cooke, trombone; Mystique Evans, cello; Cassidy Franzmeier, violin; Clara Montes, violin; Joel Osinga, cello Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Winner: Amy Koo, violin Runner-Up: Madelyn Kudronowicz, xylophone Honorable Mention: Andy Liu, cello; Mara Rodewald, trombone; Cecelia Santiago, viola; Isabella Vesely, violin; Emily Whitney,…


January 15, 2018