Philharmonia

A full symphony orchestra where musicians often perform their first professional orchestral repertoire.

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Studying Symphonic Literature & Styles

MYSO’s Philharmonia musicians participate in a curriculum that introduces the major styles and national flavors of symphonic literature. This ensemble includes over 120 student musicians and plays a wide variety of challenging original works.

Music Director

Daniel Duffy

Daniel Duffy serves as Director of Bands at Waukesha West High School and is the Music Director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Philharmonia. His educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University. His principal conducting teachers include Eugene Corporon and Craig Kirchhoff, and he received additional instruction from Frank Battisti, Donald Hunsberger, H. Robert Reynolds, and Jack Stamp. Prior to arriving in Waukesha in 2001, Mr. Duffy spent the 2000 academic year as Associate Director of Bands at Kansas State University, where he was Conductor of the K-State Concert Band, Assistant Director of the 300-member Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band, and taught survey courses in American Music. From 1985-2000 Mr. Duffy was music director at high schools in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Sandusky, Ohio, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and he was a graduate conducting associate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Duffy's ensembles have received critical acclaim at regional and national performance events since 1985. Ensembles under his direction have been selected to perform at three WMEA State Music Conferences, eight NBA State Conventions, and four NFL… More

Daniel Duffy serves as Director of Bands at Waukesha West High School and is the Music Director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Philharmonia. His educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University. His principal conducting teachers include Eugene Corporon and Craig Kirchhoff, and he received additional instruction from Frank Battisti, Donald Hunsberger, H. Robert Reynolds, and Jack Stamp. Prior to arriving in Waukesha in 2001, Mr. Duffy spent the 2000 academic year as Associate Director of Bands at Kansas State University, where he was Conductor of the K-State Concert Band, Assistant Director of the 300-member Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band, and taught survey courses in American Music. From 1985-2000 Mr. Duffy was music director at high schools in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Sandusky, Ohio, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and he was a graduate conducting associate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Duffy’s ensembles have received critical acclaim at regional and national performance events since 1985. Ensembles under his direction have been selected to perform at three WMEA State Music Conferences, eight NBA State Conventions, and four NFL half-time shows. He has also coordinated performance tours in New Orleans, Dallas, St. Louis, Orlando, Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York City. Passionate about the achievement of excellence through performance, Mr. Duffy served on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association-Wisconsin Chapter where he was the Wisconsin All-State Band Coordinator. He has served as percussion section coach of the Wisconsin State Honors Program and is the horn instructor for the Arrowhead summer music program. Mr. Duffy was also an Assistant Conductor for MYSO’s Summer Wind Ensemble in 2013 and 2014.

When not pursuing musical endeavors, Mr. Duffy and his wife, Christine, can be found walking the lakefront, cruising the Milwaukee River or enjoying a boat ride on Pewaukee Lake.

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Philharmonia String Advisor

Jerome Franke

Jerome Franke, Assistant Concertmaster Emeritus of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, is currently a string advisor for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Franke studied violin with Scott Willits, who was the first American representative of the great violin pedagog Sevcik. During his twenty-five-year tenure as Assistant Concertmaster, Mr. Franke was a frequent soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on tour and at home. A number of his performances were recorded for the Milwaukee Symphony’s nationally syndicated radio broadcasts. Mr. Franke has also served as Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as soloist with numerous regional orchestras. As a chamber musician, Mr. Franke was the founder of the Cedarburg Chamber Ensemble. Under the auspices of “Present Music,” he was a founding member of Quartet Dubuffet. As a cross-over artist, Mr. Franke was a soloist and string coordinator for Narada records and played electric violin in the Grammy-nominated David Arkenstone Band. Mr. Franke has also been a violin instructor and conductor of the Chamber Strings at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Mr. Franke also teaches a large class of private students. His private students… More

Jerome Franke, Assistant Concertmaster Emeritus of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, is currently a string advisor for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Franke studied violin with Scott Willits, who was the first American representative of the great violin pedagog Sevcik. During his twenty-five-year tenure as Assistant Concertmaster, Mr. Franke was a frequent soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on tour and at home. A number of his performances were recorded for the Milwaukee Symphony’s nationally syndicated radio broadcasts. Mr. Franke has also served as Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as soloist with numerous regional orchestras.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Franke was the founder of the Cedarburg Chamber Ensemble. Under the auspices of “Present Music,” he was a founding member of Quartet Dubuffet. As a cross-over artist, Mr. Franke was a soloist and string coordinator for Narada records and played electric violin in the Grammy-nominated David Arkenstone Band. Mr. Franke has also been a violin instructor and conductor of the Chamber Strings at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Mr. Franke also teaches a large class of private students. His private students have been accepted to conservatories and universities including The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Lawrence University, Oberlin College, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, State University of New York-Fredonia, Iowa State University and Colorado College and music festivals such as Aspen, Aria, Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood, Kinhaven, Quartet Program, Meadowmount, Brevard, Colorado Music Festival, Green Lake Chamber Music Workshop, Indiana University Summer String Institute.

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