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SHEPHERD EXPRESS: MYSO Reaches Thousands of Kids Through Music


Posted on August 15, 2017 by MYSO

From the Shepherd Express: What arts program serves 1,000 elementary through high school students from 215 schools, 60 communities and 14 counties in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois? It’s Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, shortened to MYSO by all familiar with it. Among at least 140 youth orchestra organizations in the U.S., MYSO has the biggest budget, at approximately $3,000,000 for the 2017-18 season. The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra claims to reach more young musicians, but a large percentage of its student numbers reflect instruction SYSO provides in the public schools. By the definition of after-school outreach, MYSO is the largest…


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CARTER SIMMONS TO TAKE ON ADDITIONAL ROLE AS NEW FESTIVAL CITY SYMPHONY MUSIC DIRECTOR

Milwaukee (January 4, 2017) — Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony Orchestra has announced that Carter Simmons has been hired to replace retiring Monte Perkins as Music Director and Conductor for the organization’s Symphony Sunday concerts at the Pabst Theater. Simmons will remain the Artistic Director and one of the Music Directors of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO), where he has served the community for nearly 25 years. He will take over his new position with the Festival City Symphony Orchestra following its season finale Sunday concert on May 7, 2017. Monte Perkins will retire from the Music Director position on…


January 04, 2017

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WISN-12 TV: Arts Avenue

Arts Avenue -- Sept. 2016


September 24, 2016

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MORE THAN $82 MILLION AWARDED FOR ARTS PROJECTS NATIONWIDE; INCLUDES $12,000 AWARDED TO MILWAUKEE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Milwaukee, WI - National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $12,000 to Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) for its Progressions program. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. "The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in…


May 13, 2016

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First Lady and President’s Committee to Recognize Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra at the White House

At a ceremony at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama will present representatives from the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award—the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs. Only 12 awards are given each year out of a field of 350 nominations and 50 finalists, and only 2 programs from Wisconsin have received the award since 1998. The award is given to programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. “These outstanding programs are expanding horizons, changing lives, and helping young people fulfill…


November 29, 2015

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Michelle Obama thanks MYSO for supporting Milwaukee’s young musicians

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The difficult thing about doing your job well for a long period of time is that people tend to take you for granted. The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra is in just such a situation, or at least it was before last week, when first lady Michelle Obama presented MYSO Executive Director Linda Edelstein and student cellist Malik Johnson with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award and a couple of hugs at the White House. > Read the full story


November 20, 2015

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Lake Effect: Local Youth Orchestra Honored at White House

From Lake Effect: Though the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra has been playing since 1956, its Community Partnership Programs didn't begin until 2003. The Progressions program, an intensive string training for middle school students, has helped put the orchestra on the map. > Read the full story


November 20, 2015

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Tech Times: First Lady Michelle Obama Honors Thirteen Youth Arts Programs

From Tech Times: Nov. 17 is a memorable day for youth after-school programs, especially the 13 that First Lady Michelle Obama awarded $10,000 to at the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Awards. Of course, it's not just about the money but the recognition that comes along with being acknowledged by the White House as one of the best programs for youth in terms of developing and improving the academic skills using arts and the humanities. For 2015, the following programs were deemed outstanding: New York's A Commitment to Excellence (ACTE II) and The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Inc., South Dakota's…


November 18, 2015

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WTMJ-4: Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra to be honored by White House

From WTMJ-4: The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) is receiving a very high-honor from the White House Tuesday. Michelle Obama will be presenting MYSO with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award - the nation's highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs. The award is given to programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people, particularly those from underserved communities. Malik Johnson,16, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to accept the award. > Read the full story


November 17, 2015

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Onmilwaukee.com: MYSO receives award from Michelle Obama at the White House

From OnMilwaukee.com: Today, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra announced that it is one of 12 programs that have been selected to receive an award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award – the nation's highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs, given to programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people – is handed out each year from a field of 350 nominations and 50 finalists. Only two Wisconsin programs have won since 1998. Read the whole story.


November 12, 2015