Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

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Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

Since 1956, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) has been nurturing, challenging, and inspiring young minds through music, 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. It serves 1,000 of the area’s young musicians, ages 8 – 18, who come from more than 200 schools, 60 communities, and as many as 14 counties throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, and provides outreach programs to an additional 6,000 youth annually.

The importance of MYSO as a catalyst for youth development and community change has not gone unnoticed. In 2015, MYSO received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the country’s highest honor for after-school youth arts and humanities programs, presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. MYSO is the only youth orchestra in the country ever to have received this recognition.

Today MYSO offers more than 40 ensemble and supplemental training options, ranging from symphony and string orchestras, and jazz and steel pan bands to music theory, composition, and international tours, providing quality musical experiences for a wide range of skill levels.

MYSO is a proud founding member of the United Performing Arts Fund and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information about MYSO and its programs, please visit

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MYSO holds many of its concerts at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

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Regarded as the nation’s largest and most extensive youth orchestra programs

The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) offers the highest level of training in ensemble musicianship to motivated young people from diverse backgrounds across southeastern Wisconsin.

Contact the Milwaukee Youth Symphony

Administrative & Ticket Office
325 W Walnut St
Milwaukee, WI 53212

General Phone: 414.267.2906