Category: “Spotlight” Newsletter

Musicians Raise $124,000

“At MYSO, all our smaller individual worlds are brought together to create a larger world, and it’s a beautiful thing—for everybody.” Autumn, recent MYSO graduate MYSO provides human connection through music and builds community where many can achieve what one alone cannot! By leading our Play Your Part Fundraising campaign this fall, our musicians helped

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Imagination Thriving in Structure

by Ron Oshima Imagine being a sixth grade violinist in Milwaukee Public Schools in 1978, and your string music teacher has you play “Eleanor Rigby,” and arranged ear training courses, in-person, with Jean-Luc Ponty, as ways to introduce you to different musical genres. That’s how Ijoister Harris, our new String Orchestra Central music director, started

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MYSO Tidbits

by Michelle Hoffman Read about the amazing things our musicians and alumni are doing. Sinfonia Violinist First Stage Lead Did you know that several musicians from MYSO also perform with our MYAC partner organization, First Stage? One of these multi-talented young artists is Sinfonia violinist Emily Honigman who is performing as Clarice in this season’s

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Opening Arms, Opening Doors

by Ron Oshima What comes through immediately in talking with Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Co-Principal Cellist Adela Ramirez is her deep love for classical music. She says, “I just love playing and listening to music. I love coming to rehearsal, learning, and getting better. I think that’s just something I’ve learned from MYSO.” Adela started with

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To Milwaukee from Punjab, by Way of Siberia

by Ron Oshima Meet Alexandra (Alex) Mueller. She plays the French horn in Senior Symphony and is graduating after four years at MYSO. Having been raised by two musician parents, she says “music is the glue that holds everything together for me. It makes you more aware of the world around you – physically and

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Bringing Individual Worlds Together

by Ron Oshima Autumn Lee, the principal clarinetist in Senior Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, is graduating from MYSO after seven years with us. She told an interesting story about herself when she switched private teachers as a rising freshman. In her first meeting with her new teacher, she admittedly went in with a high opinion

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MYSO: All in the Family

by Ron Oshima David Ibitoye plays viola in Senior Symphony and is graduating after ten years with MYSO. He started as a third grader in Progressions when his teacher nominated him. His parents were so pleased with David’s MYSO experience that they quickly signed up David’s older sister, who played the violin. He goes by

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MYSO Tidbits

by Michelle Hoffman Read about the amazing things our musicians are doing! Congratulations to Senior Symphony flutist Shreya Girish and violinist Clark Snavely, named finalists in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Stars of Tomorrow Auditions. Shreya and Clark performed as soloists with the MSO on the Audrey G. Baird Stars of Tomorrow Concert on May

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