Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Announces 2015-16 Season and Opening Concerts

Milwaukee, WI — September 17, 2015 — Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) will kick off its 60th anniversary season this fall with three performances involving all 1,000 of MYSO’s young musicians:


On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 7:00 PM, at Schwan Concert Hall, Wisconsin Lutheran College, 8800 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, MYSO will present “Celestial Sounds,” featuring its acclaimed Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Carter Simmons. Featured on the program will be the elite ensemble’s performance of:
• 2012’s Starburst, Jessie Montgomery
• Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte
• Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor with student soloists Samantha Carter, violin, of Delevan, and Julia
Simpson, oboe, of Oconomowoc.
• Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”


Held Sunday, October 25, 2015, at Bayshore Town Center, 5800 North Bayshore Drive, Glendale, the “Playathon” performance follows an intensive five-week period of student fundraising. One thousand young musicians will perform throughout the day, 10:15 AM – 5:45 PM, in two Bayshore locations. All classical ensemble performances will be held in the Rotunda while all jazz combo and steel pan band performances will take place in the Grand Hall (Food Court area). Twenty-five MYSO ensembles including three full symphony orchestras, three large string orchestras, a wind ensemble, two flute choirs, three beginning string ensembles, ten jazz combos and two steel pan bands, will be featured during this FREE event. This is the only concert each season that features all MYSO student musicians in one setting.
Funds raised will support MYSO’s life-changing programs, which foster creativity, collaboration and critical thinking skills by engaging diverse young people through artistically excellent, high-impact, outcome-based music education and ensemble training.


On Sunday, November 15, 2015, 3:00 PM, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Founders Concert, featuring the organization’s internationally acclaimed flagship ensemble the Senior Symphony. Under Music Director Margery Deutsch and Associate Conductor Shelby Keith Dixon, the group will perform in Helen Bader Concert Hall, at UW-Milwaukee’s Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 East Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee. The organization will also pay tribute to the visionaries who formed and shaped the organization in its infancy upon which its six decades of musical excellence is built.
With 120 of southeastern Wisconsin’s finest young musicians, the Senior Symphony will perform:
• Barber, Overture to The School for Scandal conducted by Associate Conductor Shelby Keith Dixon
and led by Music Director Margery Deutsch:
• Gliere, Concerto for Horn and Orchestra in B Flat Major, featuring Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Principal Hornist Matthew Annin as guest soloist
• Wagner, Overture to the opera Rienzi
• Respighi, The Pines of Rome

Please click for full 2015-16 season schedule.


At Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO), we empower young people from diverse backgrounds to joyfully pursue musical excellence while building crucial life skills. In 2015-16, the organization celebrates its 60th Anniversary season and its sixth time being recognized as a finalist in the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, the country’s highest honor for youth arts programs, presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for its artistic excellence, MYSO is one of the most successful and respected youth orchestra programs in the nation. With 1,000 young musicians ages 8-18 from as many as 215 schools, 60 communities and 14 counties throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois participating in MYSO’s many ensemble training programs, it has become one of the largest organizations of its kind in the United States. The organization also impacts 5,000 children annually through its extensive Community Concert Series, and more than 18,000 collective audience members each year. Employing more than 50 of the region’s finest music educators and teaching artists to implement its life-changing programming, MYSO also directly impacts hundreds of private music instructors and school music programs throughout the area.

Instrumental in changing lives since 1956, MYSO’s programs foster critical thinking skills, creativity and collaboration through more than 25 ensemble options, ranging from symphony and string orchestras, to jazz and steel pan bands, all providing high quality musical experiences to students at various skill levels. Inclusive in this effort is MYSO’s innovative Community Partnership Programs, designed to bring the well-documented benefits of music study to previously underserved and underrepresented students.

For more information, please call Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra at 414-267-2950, or go to our website at

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