Mission: Enriching lives by providing transformational musical experiences and opportunities.
Programs: The wisconsin youth symphony orchestras (wyso) annually serves approximately 480 students from up to 16 counties in south central wisconsin, with nearly 80% residing in dane county communities. Students rehearse for three hours on 33 saturdays during each season and participate in three or more concerts, as well as an annual in-state tour of public/private schools and community centers. Concerts are important experiences for young musicians, building confidence and functioning as benchmarks in the life of each orchestra. While the bulk of learning takes place in rehearsals and in the practice room, concerts are opportunities to showcase their musical achievements. Wyso's five orchestras, brass, harp, percussion ensembles and a comprehensive chamber music program are its largest programs as well as the main tool in achieving the overall objective of the organization. For each concert weekend, fall, winter, and spring, each of the five orchestras presents a concert on either saturday or sunday of the prescribed weekend. This year's concerts took place november 12 and 19, 2016, march 18, 2017, and may 20 and 21, 2017. These concerts serve our total member population as well as the audience, consisting primarily of family, friends, and local arts supporters. Audience size for the younger level concerts is usually 300-400 people, while attendance for the more advanced orchestra's concerts is generally 450-600 people. The organization's objective, both short and long term, is to provide exceptional music education experiences through orchestral training and performance opportunities. Additionally we provide the community an inspiring and low cost opportunity to hear young people performing classical music at a very high level.