Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Hires Rebecca Owen for New Vice President of Development Position

Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) has created a new position, Vice President of Development, to build a foundation for future growth. After an extensive search, Rebecca Owen, former Deputy Director of Development for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI, has been hired to fill this post effective November 19. In previous roles, Rebecca has served as Vice President of Development for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and as a Director of Development at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.


“We’re excited to have Rebecca join our team,” said Linda Edelstein, Executive Director of MYSO. “She is an experienced fund development executive who has successfully created strategic plans for fund development, been a major gift solicitor, and has overseen staff development and management, and integration of fundraising with organizational plans.”

Since 1956, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) has been nurturing, challenging, and inspiring young minds through music, profoundly changing lives and our community for the better. MYSO has grown from one orchestra and 30 students to become the largest after-school youth orchestra in the country, and one of the most respected. We serve 1,000 of the area’s young musicians, ages 8 – 18, who come from more than 200 schools, 60 communities, and as many as 14 counties throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. We reach an audience of 25,000 annually through more than 100 public performances.


Today we offer more than 40 ensembles and supplemental training options, ranging from symphony and string orchestras, and jazz and steel pan bands to music theory, composition, and international tours, providing quality musical experiences for a wide range of skill levels.


For more information about MYSO and its many programs, please visit


Rebecca Owen

Rebecca is a Milwaukee native and received her Bachelor of Arts in History at UW-Milwaukee. She also received a Master of Arts in Museum Studies at Newcastle University in Tyne, England. Earlier in her career, Rebecca worked at the Milwaukee Art Museum in Visitor Operations and Membership Relations.

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