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Margarete and David Harvey Making an Impact


Posted on August 13, 2019 by Michelle Hoffman

by Ron Oshima For decades, Margarete Harvey has been a source of leadership and support for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO), having served two nine-year terms on the board. She was introduced to MYSO when her daughter Matthea joined MYSO as a flute player in the mid-1980s. Each year, Margarete and her husband David present the Margarete Harvey scholarships, given to MYSO students in their junior or senior year of high school, who started out in our entry-level Progressions* program as third graders and stayed with MYSO. It’s a recognition of the students’ hard work and perseverance in their…


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Student Composer Looks to the Future with Music and Artificial Intelligence

by Michelle Hoffman Cellist Isabelle Kramar has had “random melodies floating through her head” for as long as she can remember. She was grateful to be a part of the Downey Creation Project this year to help her harness those melodies. A pianist since age four, her compositions have come together through piano, where she says, “all the instruments of the orchestra are available to her.” Her first formal composition, The Infinite Waltz, was premiered by the Metropolitan Symphony this spring. She was awarded first place in the 2019 WSMA Composition Project for the piano solo version of the piece.…


August 13, 2019

Student Makes Conducting Debut

by Ron Oshima At 8:05 pm on Saturday, May 18, sophomore Maliq Veal, guest student conductor, strode to the podium to take his bow before leading the Wind Ensemble through Caesar Giovannini’s Fanfare 2000. Maliq was then the principal trombonist of the Wind Ensemble and a trombonist in the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. This fall, he’ll be a junior at Ronald Reagan High School and play in our Senior Symphony. He joined MYSO in 2016 as an eighth grader, encouraged by his middle school band director, Michelle Miller. How did this conducting appearance happen? “My mom liked to play classical music…


August 13, 2019

MYSO Tidbits

by Michelle Hoffman Read about all the amazing things our musicians, alumni, and staff are doing! 1999 grad Kevin Bate has been awarded the position of principal cello of the Nashville Symphony. Bate joined the orchestra in 2015 and served as both assistant principal and acting principal cello previously. 2013 grad Meghan Murphy is one of 41 national recipients of a Watson Fellowship for a year of independent travel and research. She plans to head to India, Norway, Azerbaijan, Ireland, and Mexico to study and explore musical traditions that incorporate violins and violin-like instruments. 2018 grad Julian Rhee made his…


August 13, 2019

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Pathways to Success Raises $190,000!

We are pleased to announce Pathways to Success, our signature fundraising event that showcases our work to nurture, challenge, and inspire young minds through music, grossed over $190,000 to support our financial aid programs, impacting countless young musicians. We owe thanks to many people, ranging from our host committee members and sponsors to our performing students and their parents, our teaching artists, an army of volunteers, and everyone in between. Thank you!


August 13, 2019