MYSO needs volunteer interns in grades 7 and up to mentor young string students in Progressions and Prelude Orchestra this season, running from September 23, 2019 โ€“ May 20, 2020.

Who is eligible:

MYSO musicians in Senior Symphony, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia, grade 7 and up are eligible.

Why be a mentor?

Interacting with and helping the students in our high-impact, immersive two-year string training program for third and fourth graders is rewarding for them and for you.

  • It gives you the opportunity to pass along what others have taught you: playing skills, good practice habits, and learning to play collaboratively within an ensemble.
  • It makes you a better musician as you observe and learn from Progressions teachers, and challenges you to articulate and sequence the beginner learning experience.
  • Earn service credits, if applicable.

Interns may be asked to:

  • be a teaching assistant, mentor, and tutor
  • be attentive to teacher and actively participate โ€“ students will notice and imitate you!
  • help students find book, page, or piece; help them follow along
  • help correct posture, hand position, bow hold; show them how to hold instrument correctly
  • help tune instruments
  • look for struggling students and play besides them
  • take attendance

When & Where:

Please volunteer for at least two hours within the following schedule:


  • Mondays, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (lessons/masterclasses); on Mondays there is also the opportunity to mentor Prelude Orchestra musicians from 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm.
  • Tuesdays, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (lessons/masterclasses)
  • Wednesdays, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (orchestra rehearsal)
  • Thursdays, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (orchestra rehearsal)

Prelude Orchestra:

  • Mondays, 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm (orchestra rehearsal)

All take place at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.

Interns must attend a short training session (tentative dates are 9/11, 9/12, 9/16, and 9/17) and an interview. Details to follow.

Email Janet Jensen, Progressions Director, at janetjensen@myso.org with questions.

Complete this form to apply by Monday, September 4, 2019:

If you are interested in mentoring these young musicians, please complete the form below. Call the MYSO office at 414-267-2950 with questions.

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