The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music education: Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) names Michelle Kaebisch, of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, as the successor to retiring conductor Tom Buchhauser. | March 29, 2013

By Jacob Stockinger

The Ear has received the following press release and news announcement:

“Michelle Kaebisch will step into the role of Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor, a position held for the past 30 years by longtime Madison music educator Tom Buchhauser (below), who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Thomas Buchhauser

“Kaebisch (below, in a photo by Katrin Talbot) brings with her a wealth of experience in the music world, having served as Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) since 2006, and as a violinist in the MSO since 1993.

“She holds a BS degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and taught high school orchestra and beginning strings in the Stoughton Area School District from 1995 to 2006. She also received a nomination from the Walt Disney Company’s public service branch as DisneyHand Teacher of the Year in 2006, recognizing her creativity in the classroom.

Michelle Kaebisch WYSO cr Katrin Talbot

“Kaebisch’s book, “HeartStrings: A Guide to Music Therapy-Informed Engagement for Symphony Orchestras,” published in January 2012, has been purchased by orchestras and healthcare facilities world-wide, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Arts & Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

“She has led presentations at the League of American Orchestras and Society for the Arts in Healthcare annual conferences, and will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Association of Wisconsin Orchestras bi-annual conference. Kaebisch is co-chair of the League of American Orchestras’ Education and Community Engagement Committee and has been active with the Wisconsin School Music Association on the Middle and High School Honors Project staff.

“Kaebisch has served as a conductor for the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic, the UW-Whitewater Strings Camp, and the Badger Conference Honors Orchestra.” (Below are photos of a packed MSO student concert (at top, by Greg Anderson) and WYSO’s Philharmonia Orchestra, at bottom by Cheng-Wei Wu).

MSO Fall Youth kid greg anderson

Thomas Buchhauser  conducting WYSO Philharmonia Cheng-Wei Wu

“WYSO’s Executive Director Bridget Fraser said: “I am thrilled that Michelle has accepted the position. She is an exceptionally well-qualified conductor with a passion for music education.   I know she will make a tremendous difference in the artistic lives of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s young musicians.”

Kaebsisch has told The Ear that she will continue her post at the MSO as Director of Education and Community Engagement, but is taking a leave of absence from her duties as a violinist in the orchestra until she sees how MSO and WYSO schedules work out. (Below is a link explaning her “on-call” duties as an MSO ambassador to classrooms plus of photo of her plyaing for children.)

http://www.madisonsymphony.org/oncall

Michelle Kaesbisch playing with kidsl

And at bottom is a YouTube video of the Philharmonia Orchestra in WYSO performing “Greensleeves” under outgoing conductor Tom Buchhauser:


5 Comments »

  1. I know Michelle since her grade school.
    She is so talented, hard working and
    dedicated. I am very proud of her. The
    new role of Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor position will be the well deserve for her. Congratulations to you
    Michelle, your family and the most to
    Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras members and Wisconsin public.

    Comment by Aleksandra Kolp — April 3, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

  2. Woo-hoo for Ms. Kaebisch! She’s the reason I continued in orchestra long after I quit playing the violin…because she decided that we needed a symphony orchestra when she started teaching in Stoughton 🙂

    Comment by Renee Anne — March 29, 2013 @ 11:36 am

  3. Congratulations, Michelle! This will be a wonderful opportunity for you and an enriching experience for the Phil musicians!

    Comment by Leyla Sanyer — March 29, 2013 @ 11:10 am

  4. I have worked with her on several projects in recent years. She is talented, capable and pleasant to work with. Congratulations Michelle!

    Comment by Anders Yocom — March 29, 2013 @ 9:32 am

  5. I remember when Michelle did her student teaching under Tom at Memorial H.S. a long time ago. I trust she will continue the tradition of excellence.

    Comment by John K. Rinehart — March 29, 2013 @ 6:48 am


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