String Orchestras

Four smaller string training orchestras which rehearse at four locations around Milwaukee.

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Group-Based String Orchestras

MYSO’s regional string training program rehearses in small groups at four satellite sites, in central, north, south and west Milwaukee-area locations.

These groups periodically come together in various combinations for joint rehearsals and performances. For concerts, the satellite groupings combine to perform as two large string orchestras.

At a Glance

  • Rehearsals generally on Monday evenings
  • Most students are in grades 4-7
  • String Orchestra North Music Director: Dr. Janet Jensen
  • String Orchestra South Music Director: Mrs. Lynn Trinkl
  • String Orchestra West Music Director: Ms. Anne Marie Peterson
  • String Orchestra Central Music Director: Ms. Lyda Osinga

String Orchestra West Music Director

Anne Marie Peterson

Anne Marie Peterson grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She began musical studies at Arizona State University before transferring to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois to complete her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Viola Performance and String Pedagogy. Always an eager student, she earned her Instrumental Music Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with additional studies at Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. For the past 25 years, Ms. Peterson was an orchestra teacher for the School District of Elmbrook. She served two terms as State Chair for Orchestra for the Wisconsin School Music Association and contributed articles to the Wisconsin School Musician. Chamber Music America, the Civic Music Association, the Grammy Signature Gold Organization, and the School District of Elmbrook have recognized Ms. Peterson for her work with young musicians. Ms. Peterson retired from public school service in 2011 and joined the music faculty at Alverno College. In addition to her work at MYSO, she is founder and artistic director of the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra. More

Anne Marie Peterson grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She began musical studies at Arizona State University before transferring to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois to complete her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Viola Performance and String Pedagogy.

Always an eager student, she earned her Instrumental Music Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with additional studies at Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

For the past 25 years, Ms. Peterson was an orchestra teacher for the School District of Elmbrook. She served two terms as State Chair for Orchestra for the Wisconsin School Music Association and contributed articles to the Wisconsin School Musician.

Chamber Music America, the Civic Music Association, the Grammy Signature Gold Organization, and the School District of Elmbrook have recognized Ms. Peterson for her work with young musicians. Ms. Peterson retired from public school service in 2011 and joined the music faculty at Alverno College.

In addition to her work at MYSO, she is founder and artistic director of the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra.

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String Orchestra North Music Director

Janet Jensen

Dr. Jensen joined the MYSO staff following her 2016 retirement from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she was Professor of String Pedagogy and Associate Director of the School of Music. Her teaching responsibilities included preparation for teaching strings in multiple settings, coursework in string literature and repertoire, and conducting the non-major All-University String Orchestras. She also directed the masters degree in String Development, a degree focused on string teaching, performance and administrative skills. As Associate Director, she oversaw undergraduate admissions, advising, and scholarship and award allocation. Prior to her UW-Madison appointment, Dr. Jensen held interim and instructor positions in string pedagogy and string education at Oberlin Conservatory, Bowling Green (OH) State University, and the University of Texas at Austin, and she taught instrumental music in Rockford, IL and Watertown and Madison for 10 years. Herself an alumna of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO), Dr. Jensen has served as a WYSO conductor, board member, and director of the chamber music program, and has also been a staff member and advisor of UW-Madison’s Summer Music Clinic for more than 30 years. She is a strong supporter of outreach programs in the arts, lifelong learning and engagement in music, and… More

Dr. Jensen joined the MYSO staff following her 2016 retirement from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she was Professor of String Pedagogy and Associate Director of the School of Music.

Her teaching responsibilities included preparation for teaching strings in multiple settings, coursework in string literature and repertoire, and conducting the non-major All-University String Orchestras. She also directed the masters degree in String Development, a degree focused on string teaching, performance and administrative skills.

As Associate Director, she oversaw undergraduate admissions, advising, and scholarship and award allocation.

Prior to her UW-Madison appointment, Dr. Jensen held interim and instructor positions in string pedagogy and string education at Oberlin Conservatory, Bowling Green (OH) State University, and the University of Texas at Austin, and she taught instrumental music in Rockford, IL and Watertown and Madison for 10 years.

Herself an alumna of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO), Dr. Jensen has served as a WYSO conductor, board member, and director of the chamber music program, and has also been a staff member and advisor of UW-Madison’s Summer Music Clinic for more than 30 years.

She is a strong supporter of outreach programs in the arts, lifelong learning and engagement in music, and advocacy for policy decisions in support of arts education. Her research interests have included arts education policy, pedagogy curricula, iconographic representations of historical bows, and the Swedish bowed/keyed instrument nyckelharpa.

Her MYSO association began with Progressions teaching in 2005, and has included chamber coaching in many of the years since.

Her proudest achievement is the cumulative enrollment of over 2800 students in the All-University String Orchestras, and she was named the 2016 String Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin American String Teachers Association.

Dr. Jensen holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

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String Orchestra Central Music Director

Lyda Osinga

Lyda Partee Osinga received National Board Teacher Certification in Early Adolescent/Young Adult with an orchestra emphasis. She currently teaches orchestra to grades 3-8 for the Oshkosh School District and maintains a private studio as a registered Suzuki teacher. She conducts the Prelude Orchestra and String Orchestra Central for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Previously, Ms. Osinga was the director of the community music schools for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the University of Memphis (TN) where she provided teacher training, lessons for students of all ages, and other music classes in theory, music appreciation and music history. Ms. Osinga began playing the violin at the age of four, learning the Suzuki method which had just arrived in the United States. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from West Virginia University and received a Master of Music with honors from the University of Colorado in performance and pedagogy. Ms. Osinga has been privileged to study in Japan with Shinichi Suzuki. As a performer, she has been a member of the Kettle Moraine Symphony, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the Concord Chamber Orchestra, the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She plays violin and… More

Lyda Partee Osinga received National Board Teacher Certification in Early Adolescent/Young Adult with an orchestra emphasis.

She currently teaches orchestra to grades 3-8 for the Oshkosh School District and maintains a private studio as a registered Suzuki teacher. She conducts the Prelude Orchestra and String Orchestra Central for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Previously, Ms. Osinga was the director of the community music schools for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the University of Memphis (TN) where she provided teacher training, lessons for students of all ages, and other music classes in theory, music appreciation and music history.

Ms. Osinga began playing the violin at the age of four, learning the Suzuki method which had just arrived in the United States. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from West Virginia University and received a Master of Music with honors from the University of Colorado in performance and pedagogy.

Ms. Osinga has been privileged to study in Japan with Shinichi Suzuki. As a performer, she has been a member of the Kettle Moraine Symphony, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the Concord Chamber Orchestra, the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

She plays violin and viola, and enjoys experimenting on her electric violin and string bass in various impromptu groups.

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String Orchestra South Music Director

Lynn Trinkl

Lynn Trinkl is a cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BM degree in Applied Viola. She also holds an MM in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She received her music education certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has also studied at the Aspen Music Festival. She has been a string sectional coach for the Wisconsin State High School Honors Music Project and has taught for the Waukesha, West Allis, and South Milwaukee School Districts, as well as maintaining a private studio. During summers, Lynn served as Assistant Director and Counselor Coordinator for the Wisconsin String Teachers Elementary Orchestra Camp. Lynn has also performed with several local groups, including the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. A Madison resident, Lynn enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. More

Lynn Trinkl is a cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BM degree in Applied Viola. She also holds an MM in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.

She received her music education certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has also studied at the Aspen Music Festival. She has been a string sectional coach for the Wisconsin State High School Honors Music Project and has taught for the Waukesha, West Allis, and South Milwaukee School Districts, as well as maintaining a private studio.

During summers, Lynn served as Assistant Director and Counselor Coordinator for the Wisconsin String Teachers Elementary Orchestra Camp. Lynn has also performed with several local groups, including the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

A Madison resident, Lynn enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

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String Orchestra South Coach

Melissa Jastrow

String Orchestra Coach Melissa Jastrow received her BMusEd degree from UWM with emphasis on strings and general music. Previously, she has taught in the Waukesha and West Allis public school systems. Currently, Melissa is teaching violin and viola lessons in her private studio so that she can be at home with her four children Emily, Jessica, Mae and Samuel. More

String Orchestra Coach Melissa Jastrow received her BMusEd degree from UWM with emphasis on strings and general music.

Previously, she has taught in the Waukesha and West Allis public school systems.

Currently, Melissa is teaching violin and viola lessons in her private studio so that she can be at home with her four children Emily, Jessica, Mae and Samuel.

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String Orchestra North Coach

Sonora Brusubardis

2016 MYSO grad Sonora Brusubardis is currently pursuing a degree in violin and viola performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was a MYSO student for eight years and was co-concertmaster of MYSO's Senior Symphony for her last two years of high school. In addition to Senior Symphony, Sonora participated in the Chamber Orchestra, chamber ensembles and MYSO's Bach Players. Sonora has always enjoyed making music with her family--including her five siblings who have also been members of MYSO--and looks forward to sharing her love of music with others. More

2016 MYSO grad Sonora Brusubardis is currently pursuing a degree in violin and viola performance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was a MYSO student for eight years and was co-concertmaster of MYSO’s Senior Symphony for her last two years of high school.

In addition to Senior Symphony, Sonora participated in the Chamber Orchestra, chamber ensembles and MYSO’s Bach Players.

Sonora has always enjoyed making music with her family–including her five siblings who have also been members of MYSO–and looks forward to sharing her love of music with others.

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String Orchestra West Coach

Matthew DeYoung

Violinist Matthew DeYoung was a member of MYSO from 1998-2006. He is currently a student at UWM. MYSO is delighted that he is joining us again this year as Coach at MYSO’s String Orchestra-West. More

Violinist Matthew DeYoung was a member of MYSO from 1998-2006. He is currently a student at UWM. MYSO is delighted that he is joining us again this year as Coach at MYSO’s String Orchestra-West.

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String Orchestra West Coach

Ashley DeYoung

Cellist and MYSO alum Ashley DeYoung is a 2007 graduate of Waukesha West High School and currently attends Marquette University. We are happy to welcome her back to MYSO in her role as Coach for String Orchestra. More

Cellist and MYSO alum Ashley DeYoung is a 2007 graduate of Waukesha West High School and currently attends Marquette University. We are happy to welcome her back to MYSO in her role as Coach for String Orchestra.

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String Orchestra Central Coach

Chris Carloni

Christopher Carloni began playing bass at the age of 9. At 11, he was a Milwaukee Civic Music Private Lesson Scholarship winner. and currently studies string bass with John Babbitt. He was a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) for five years. Christopher held the MSO Philharmonia bass section leader position, and was principal bass player of the MYSO Senior Symphony. In January 2012, Christopher was the runner up in the Philharmonia concerto competition. A five year member of the Wisconsin State Honors orchestra, Christopher was selected to be the bass section leader in both 2012 and 2014. In spring of 2014 Christopher was recognized by the National Federation of Music Clubs as the third place finisher for the Mary Alice Cox Award which is open to both cello and bass players. Christopher was a 2014 Milwaukee Civic Music Association High School Showcase Finalist and Young Artist Scholarship Winner. He placed third in the Menomonee Falls Symphony Concerto Competition in 2016. Christopher recently performed Koussevitzky Bass Concerto with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in April of 2016. Besides playing, he teaches electric and double bass at Brass Bell Music Store. Christopher attends the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee… More

Christopher Carloni began playing bass at the age of 9. At 11, he was a Milwaukee Civic Music Private
Lesson Scholarship winner. and currently studies string bass with John Babbitt. He was a member of the
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) for five years. Christopher held the MSO Philharmonia
bass section leader position, and was principal bass player of the MYSO Senior Symphony. In January
2012, Christopher was the runner up in the Philharmonia concerto competition.

A five year member of the Wisconsin State Honors orchestra, Christopher was selected to be the bass
section leader in both 2012 and 2014. In spring of 2014 Christopher was recognized by the National
Federation of Music Clubs as the third place finisher for the Mary Alice Cox Award which is open to both
cello and bass players. Christopher was a 2014 Milwaukee Civic Music Association High School Showcase
Finalist and Young Artist Scholarship Winner. He placed third in the Menomonee Falls Symphony
Concerto Competition in 2016. Christopher recently performed Koussevitzky Bass Concerto with the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in April of 2016. Besides playing, he teaches
electric and double bass at Brass Bell Music Store. Christopher attends the University of Wisconsin
Milwaukee majoring in String Bass Performance.

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