Welcome and Congratulations, Senior Symphony

Dear Senior Symphony Musicians,

I hope that this note finds you doing very well during what I imagine is the final week of school for many of you, or even the first week of summer vacation!

I am so happy to know that you will be part of the orchestra in the 2023-24 season. I’m grateful that I will be able to make music with so many of you again, and it’s my great pleasure to extend the warmest welcome to all of the orchestra’s new members, too. Congratulations, again!

This orchestra is an extraordinary group of people from throughout our area who you’ll find have many gifts, interests, and talents. You are all extremely important musicians, and your leadership and impact are recognized nationally and internationally. While you are in the Senior Symphony, I hope you will feel that the orchestra is a place you’ll find happiness and friends while also being able to seriously pursue your own musical journey.

Here’s What’s Next:

First, please Register for MYSO’s 2023-24 Season, and please read all the information in the email you received on June 6.

Second, please mark the rehearsal and concert dates below on both the family and your personal calendars. This is a very important step for us! Our dress rehearsal and complete set of rehearsal dates will be shared soon.

Even while many of us will be preparing for the orchestra’s tour to Belgium and The Netherlands, I would love to start selecting the music we will perform next season now! Would you like to help program our concerts? If so, please let me know if you’d like to join the Senior Symphony Program Committee and come to what you can below. I’ll guide you through everything, so don’t be shy! Here are a few times we could meet.

Senior Symphony Programming Sessions:

  • Tuesday, June 13, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 21, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 22, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Monday, June 26, 3:30-5:00 pm

Important Dates:

Senior Symphony Welcome Concert Rehearsals and Performances at MYAC

  • Thursday, August 24, 2023 – MYAC, 4:30-6:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 26, 2023 – MYAC, 1:00-2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2023 – MYAC, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 7, 2023
  • 6:30 pm Report
  • 7:00-7:30 pm Performance for young wind, brass, and percussionists
  • Monday, September 11, 2023
  • 5:20 pm Report
  • 5:30 pm Rehearsal
  • 6:45 pm Performance for String Orchestras
  • 7:30-8:45 pm Rehearsal

Concert Dates (as of June 1, 2023):

  • Sunday, November 5, 2023 – Play Your Part Concert; Sharon Lynne Wilson Center; performance time TBD
  • Thursday, November 9, 2023 – Community Concert Day
  • Saturday, November 11, 2023 – Founders Concert; Carroll University; 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 24, 2024 – Winter Concert; Bradley Symphony Center; 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 11, 2024 – Fanfare and Finale Concert; Bradley Symphony Center; 1:00 pm

In closing, thank you again for your interest in MYSO and your commitment to the Senior Symphony. I am so happy you are here, and I look forward to creating an amazing season together.


Carter Simmons

Artistic and Music Director

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