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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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Livia Romanov: With This I Bid You Farewell

Let me write you, the reader, something memorable. Let me tell you about the times when my life had changed drastically. Let me preach to you the highlights of the MYSO 2017 tour. Physically getting to Argentina was a jungle full of layovers and delays, but we got there in one piece and then went on to play a concert four hours away. The majority of the first week was the United group complaining and the American Airlines group rejoicing. The adventures of the United group would carry on (unlike the instruments on the trip back) as the star inside joke…


July 20, 2017

Hayley Jasinski: The Fulfillment of a Goal, Not the End of a Dream

Day 10 I suppose not much has changed airline-wise between today and last Sunday — international flights are still impossible to sleep on, customs are still a beast to get through, and travelers just want to get home. However, there were many key differences in the travelers of our group. Many of us had just been minted “international travelers,” and although this is just a title, if you ask students what these words mean to them, they won’t simply say they are just a title. Many of us will say it means we were able to go places that we…


July 20, 2017

Queila Griffin: Mucho gusto y hasta luego! – Nice to meet you and see you later!

On our final day of traveling and ultimately coming home, the magnitude of all we had done and accomplished hit us. (Also, extreme fatigue and a little culture shock were hitting us as well). By the end of this amazing trip as a group we were unfazed by bathroom doors that don't close all the way, long lines, spotty WiFi, and everything running a little bit late all the time. We tested the limits of our patience and endurance, both emotionally and musically. We also got to do incredible things and learn as musicians and people about South American culture.…


July 20, 2017

Anna McDougall: In which MYSO attempts to have one uneventful travel experience . . . and fails

Waking up was hard this morning, after a great but long night of heartfelt speeches, hilarious songs, European standing ovations, and most of all, dancing. Waking up was even harder because today was the day that we headed home. Our time together as an orchestra was coming to a close. We boarded the ferry (more lines), this time armed with Dramamine. Over half the orchestra spent their time on the ferry knocked out by Dramamine . . .  or just exhaustion. The view was beautiful in the daylight, and the water was calm. We had another buffet lunch; they truly…


July 19, 2017

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Livia Romanov: Memories Bound by Music and Passion

Today was a day of countless lasts; last breakfast together, last step in Uruguay, last fiasco on the swaying ferry, last lunch together, last breath of Argentinian air, but all of these lasts will be cherished forever. The morning was filled with last minute packing for those that partied a little bit too hard the night before in order to leave on time for the ferry. Each of the three buses left separately so we wouldn't crowd the port, but we crowded it anyways, of course. The ferry ride was exponentially smoother this time, minimal panicked trips to the bathroom.…


July 19, 2017

Hayley Jasinski: A List of Lasts

Day 8 This day didn’t start off very emotional for many of us, but it most certainly ended that way. We kicked off the day bright and early with a dress rehearsal in the Teatro Solis. Considering we were down a couple members and extremely low on both sleep and morale, it went pretty well. Lunch followed soon afterwards and then we were given an hour of downtime. Since this concert was a Monday matinee, we were told that the audience would be mostly composed of schoolchildren, and that we even had to turn away schools that wanted to come.…


July 18, 2017

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Queila Griffin: Raison d’être – Reason for being

I am aware that the title is French and it ruins my pattern, but truly is the perfect title for an unusual post. There are specific moments that I can pinpoint and say that's why I am a musician. One of these, was back in about the 5th grade for me. I went through a phase whenI hated practicing and didn't really like the violin all that much. Around that same time, my grandma took my brother and me to a production of Peter and the Wolf by MYSO, First Stage, and the ballet. I clearly remember watching the orchestra…


July 18, 2017

Anna McDougall: In which MYSO travels in style…at least until the rain hits

After the shopping spree of the century, the half-frozen and gift-laden students of MYSO clambered on board with their cargo for the last bus ride in Argentina. People snapped last photos of the Casa Rosada, checked the bus for dropped souvenirs and money, and hopped off at the ferry port. The building looked like it could have once been open air -- the floors were made of rough brick tile, and a waterfall with a metal backing cascaded down the far wall. We finished checking our luggage, which involved a long line. We then went through security, which involved another…


July 17, 2017

Livia Romanov: Piercing Cold and Piercing Wallets: a Chilly Morning at the San Telmo Markets

Early this morning the rooms were buzzing with the music bees as they hurried their luggage downstairs and out of the country. We ate breakfast swiftly and did room sweeps at least ten times to make sure we didn't leave anything behind in Argentina. Before we got to the ferry station to bid the country goodbye, we stopped by the San Telmo marketplace for a few hours. Walking along the 12-block cobblestone road was a hassle within itself, but also deciding which matte stand had better cups was also a group debate. There were many side streets along the market…


July 17, 2017