Chamber Orchestra

An advanced orchestra of less than 50 members with many solo opportunities.

Beautiful Music in an Intimate Setting

For nearly two decades, the MYSO Chamber Orchestra has provided advanced musicians a unique opportunity to perform repertoire that does not require the large forces of a symphony orchestra. A relatively small string section and one-on-a-part wind and brass sections enhance this exceptional experience.
The MYSO Chamber Orchestra program is filled with talented student musicians that create music on a high level and in an intimate setting.

Senior Symphony members are invited to participate in this ensemble.

At a Glance

  • Rehearsals on select Wednesdays in the late afternoon/early evening
  • Most students are in grades 10-12
  • Music Director: Mr. Carter Simmons

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The Chamber Orchestra Staff

Carter Simmons

Artistic Director; Music Director, Senior Symphony, Chamber Orchestra
Carter Simmons

Carter Simmons

Position: Artistic Director; Music Director, Senior Symphony, Chamber Orchestra
Categories: Administration, Orchestral & Musical Studies

Artistic Director and Music Director Carter Simmons has worked with the musicians and families of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) since 1992. In addition to leading the artistic and program staff, he is Music Director of MYSO’s Senior Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. During his tenure, the organization has grown to serve 7,000 students and received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Mr. Simmons is Music Director of Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony and has been invited to conduct for the Milwaukee Ballet, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Starry Nights Orchestra featuring artists of the Florentine Opera, and the Wisconsin Philharmonic. He has conducted MYSO in Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall and in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and has accompanied the orchestra for its performances in: New York’s Carnegie Hall, Valencia’s Palau de la Música, Prague’s Dvořák Hall, Budapest’s Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Argentina and Uruguay, Ireland, and the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic. Mr. Simmons had been appointed Music Director of MYSO’s Senior Symphony starting in the 2020-2021 season.


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Interested in Auditioning?

Each student is required to audition to become a member of MYSO. Being a MYSO member is a rewarding experience that drives a student’s musical, learning, and social skills.
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