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…
Arts Avenue -- Sept. 2016
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
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
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…
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
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.
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