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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


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


WISN-12 TV: Arts Avenue

Arts Avenue -- Sept. 2016

September 24, 2016



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


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


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


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


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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