The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music education: Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras will hold FREE open rehearsals and information sessions this Saturday morning at the University of Wisconsin School of Music. | October 17, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

On this Saturday morning, Oct. 20, music students, families and teachers are invited to come and see what the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras have to offer at the WYSO Fall Open Rehearsals.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a meet-and-greet featuring breakfast snacks in the Strelow Lounge of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Music in the Mosse Humanities Building.

Guests will be able to talk with WYSO staff and parents of current members, and will get a chance to tour WYSO’s four orchestras in rehearsal (below, the violin section of the Philharmonia Orchestra rehearses).

Visitors will also get a chance to learn more about WYSO’s new programs, including the Endangered Instrument Workshop Series.  After the tour, guests will have an opportunity to speak with current WYSO members in a Q&A session.

Since 1966, WYSO has been enriching lives by providing transformational musical experiences and opportunities for more than 5,000 young people in southern Wisconsin. WYSO includes three full orchestras and a string orchestra, a chamber music program, a harp program, a percussion ensemble, and a brass choir program.

The orchestras rehearse on Saturday mornings during the academic year; perform three to four public concerts per season; and tour regionally, nationally and internationally. (Below, retiring WYSO conductor and associate director Thomas Buchhauser leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a performance in Mills Hall in a photo by Cheng-Wei Wu.)

The Youth Orchestra toured Prague (below), Vienna and Budapest in July 2012; in the past it has also toured to Canada, Japan, Scotland, Spain, France, Colorado, Iowa and Washington, D.C.


The UW Humanities Building, is located at 455 N. Park Street, Madison. Contact Nicole Sparacino, WYSO Communications & Development Manager at (608) 263-3320 ext. 11 for more information or to RSVP.

Here is a WYSO performance on YouTube of the last movement of Dmitri Shostakovich‘s powerful Symphony No. 5:


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