Students Represent the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District in Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

Students Represent the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District in Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
Posted on 10/01/2019
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Since 1956, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) has been nurturing, challenging, and inspiring generations of students and profoundly changing lives and our community for the better.

MYSO has grown from one orchestra and 30 students to become the largest after-school youth orchestra in the country, and one of the most respected. MYSO serves 6,000 students annually through more than 40 ensemble and supplemental training programs.

“Our students prepare for auditions. They work hard to be part of this organization,” said Music Coordinator and Orchestra teacher, Mrs. Mary Pat Michels.  “Each of our orchestra teachers play a role in inspiring and instructing students so they can perform at high levels.”

MYSO’S FLAGSHIP ORCHESTRA  - SENIOR SYMPHONY

The Senior Symphony performs standard orchestral repertoire at the highest caliber. The orchestra has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls to enthusiastic audience response.

The Senior Symphony has achieved an enviable international reputation for excellence. Tours have included concerts in China, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Italy, Scotland, Canada, South and Central America, and more. In July, 2019 the orchestra had a successful 10-day tour in Ireland.

HIGH-LEVEL CLASSICAL PERFORMANCES - METROPOLITAN SYMPHONY

The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra program that both teaches and challenges student musicians to perform works composed in the late Classical through Romantic and Modern eras.

Building on successes in other MYSO ensembles, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra musicians refine the skills required for participation in the Senior Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.

STUDYING SYMPHONIC LITERATURE & STYLES - PHILHARMONIA

MYSO’s Philharmonia musicians participate in a curriculum that introduces the major styles and national flavors of symphonic literature. This ensemble includes over 120 student musicians and plays a wide variety of challenging original work

DYNAMIC STRING ORCHESTRA PROGRAM - SINFONIA

The MYSO Sinfonia program is a large string orchestra that studies a wide variety of repertoire. Each spring, selected wind, brass, and percussion players from Wind Ensemble are invited to join the string players of the Sinfonia to create a full symphony orchestra, the Sinfonia Philharmonic. This ensemble performs repertoire for full symphony orchestra on the ensemble’s final concert of the season.

GROUP-BASED STRING ORCHESTRAS - STRING TRAINING PROGRAM

MYSO’s regional string training program rehearses in small groups at four satellite sites in central, north, south and west Milwaukee-area locations. These groups periodically come together in various combinations for joint rehearsals and performances. For concerts, the satellite groupings combine to perform as two large string orchestras.

“Students attend weekly rehearsals, and before each MYSO concert have extra dress rehearsals during the week. It is a big commitment for them and their parents. We are fortunate to have such a robust music program in our District. It helps students prepare for these types of performance groups,” adds Michels.

West Allis-West Milwaukee School District 
Student MYSO Members 2019-2020  

NAME

GRADE

INSTRUMENT

SCHOOL

PROGRAM

Erin

Krasovich

10

Violin

Nathan Hale High School

Metropolitan

Alexandra

Kunda

10

Violin

Nathan Hale High School

Metropolitan

Dora

Mercado

12

Violin

West Allis Central High School

Metropolitan

Laurel

Thompson

11

Cello

West Allis Central High School

Metropolitan

Isabella

Vail

9

Bass

Nathan Hale High School

Metropolitan

Brae

Bigelow

8

Viola

Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate

Philharmonia

Lorena

Mercado

9

Violin

West Allis Central High School

Philharmonia

Breonna

Mullins

10

Violin

West Allis Central High School

Philharmonia

Kennedy

Vahovick

11

Cello

Nathan Hale High School

Philharmonia

Ethan

Pawlak

7

Viola

Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate

Sinfonia

Lily

Jeffers

8

Violin

Lane Intermediate School

Sinfonia

Mackenzie

Lotze

5

Violin

Walker Elementary School

String Orchestra - South

Olivia

Williams

8

Cello

Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate

String Orchestra - South

Joseph

Elliott

12

Viola

Nathan Hale High School

Senior Symphony

Ian

Hoffman

12

Viola

Nathan Hale High School

Senior Symphony

Alyssa

Noseworthy

12

Violin

Nathan Hale High School

Senior Symphony

Cecelia

Santiago

10

Violin

West Allis Central High School

Senior Symphony

Atreyu

Schilling

11

Viola

Nathan Hale High School

Senior Symphony

Logan

Slade

12

Viola

Nathan Hale High School

Senior Symphony

Nathan

Stringer

10

Euphonium

Nathan Hale High School

Wind Ensemble

Eleanor

Szalacinski

7

Violin

Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate

String Orchestra - South

Ava

Simeral

8

Violin

Lane Intermediate

String Orchestra - South

Logan

Nawrocki

7

Violin

Lane Intermediate

String Orchestra - South

 Sarah Norton 7 Viola Lane Intermediate String Orchestra - South