Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

A full symphony orchestra comprised primarily of advanced high school musicians.

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High-Level Classical Performances

The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra program that both teaches and challenges student musicians to perform works composed in the late Classical through Romantic and Modern eras.

Building on successes in other MYSO ensembles, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra musicians refine the skills required for participation in the Senior Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.

At a Glance

  • Rehearsals generally on Monday evenings
  • Comprised primarily of advanced high school musicians
  • Music Director: Mr. Carter Simmons

Music Director

Carter Simmons

Artistic Director Carter Simmons has worked with the musicians and families of MYSO since 1992. In addition to leading the artistic and program staff, he is Music Director of MYSO’s Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. During his tenure, the organization has grown to serve 7,000 students and received recognition as an awardee of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Mr. Simmons is also Music Director of Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony and has been invited to conduct for the Milwaukee Ballet, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Starry Nights Orchestra featuring artists of Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera, and the Wisconsin Philharmonic among other orchestras. He has conducted the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra in Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall and in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. He has also accompanied the orchestra for its performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Valencia’s Palau de la Música, Prague’s Dvořák Hall, Budapest’s Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, in Argentina and Uruguay, and the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic. More

Artistic Director Carter Simmons has worked with the musicians and families of MYSO since 1992. In addition to leading the artistic and program staff, he is Music Director of MYSO’s Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. During his tenure, the organization has grown to serve 7,000 students and received recognition as an awardee of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Mr. Simmons is also Music Director of Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony and has been invited to conduct for the Milwaukee Ballet, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Starry Nights Orchestra featuring artists of Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera, and the Wisconsin Philharmonic among other orchestras. He has conducted the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra in Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall and in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. He has also accompanied the orchestra for its performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Valencia’s Palau de la Música, Prague’s Dvořák Hall, Budapest’s Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, in Argentina and Uruguay, and the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic.

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Mike Giacobassi

Michael Giacobassi grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and began studying the violin at age nine. He received his music degree from Michigan State University where he studied with Walter Verdehr. He joined the Milwaukee Symphony in 1974 and became a member of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra in 1975. Mr. Giacobassi has appeared in recital at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and is a member of the Washington Island Chamber Music Festival. He was a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony in statewide performances of Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 (Lucas Foss, conductor), Vivaldi’s Spring in April 2005, and has performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the MCO. In addition to orchestral playing, Mr. Giacobassi teaches aspiring young musicians and coaches violinists in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony. More

Michael Giacobassi grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and began studying the violin at age nine. He received his music degree from Michigan State University where he studied with Walter Verdehr. He joined the Milwaukee Symphony in 1974 and became a member of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra in 1975.

Mr. Giacobassi has appeared in recital at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and is a member of the Washington Island Chamber Music Festival. He was a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony in statewide performances of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 (Lucas Foss, conductor), Vivaldi’s Spring in April 2005, and has performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the MCO.

In addition to orchestral playing, Mr. Giacobassi teaches aspiring young musicians and coaches violinists in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony.

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Each student is required to audition to become a member of MYSO. Being a MYSO member is a rewarding experience that drives a student’s musical, learning, and social skills.

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