MYSO Play Your Part Campaign

MYSO Play Your Part Campaign supporting Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

Impact Your Community 

Did you know?

  • Nearly 50% of musicians represent populations of color
  • Close to 40% receive financial aid
  • 35% of enrollment are members/graduates of our Community Partnership Programs
  • Financial aid ranges from $330,000 to $350,000 each year
  • Nearly 20% of members live in City of Milwaukee low-to-moderate income neighborhoods

Since 1956, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) has been nurturing, challenging, and inspiring young minds, 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. We serve 1,000 of the area’s young musicians who come from more than 200 schools, 90 zip codes, and as many as 14 counties throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.  Each year we provide outreach programs to an additional 6,000 youth and reach an audience of 25,000 through more than 100 public performances. 

MYSO Develops essential life-skills in young people including:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Confidence
  • Problem-solving and problem identification
  • Critical thinking and resourcefulness
  • Focus
  • Discipline
  • Cognitive and academic skills

Donations to MYSO help keep programs accessible and affordable to our families. Membership fees cover less than 1/3 of the true cost, thanks to your generous contributions.  

Financial aid can include support for:

  • Membership fees
  • Private lessons
  • Summer camps
  • Instruments
  • Transportation to rehearsals
  • Supplemental training programs
  • Discipline
  • Sheet music
  • Touring

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Can you imagine a world without music? Neither can we.

Play Your Part in ensuring the music continues for our dedicated MYSO students during this time when youth development is so important. Support our students in this annual fundraiser by investing in the lives of these devoted musicians. Every dollar you give enables a musician to follow their dreams. 

Play your part by making your gift today to guarantee MYSO will continue to nurture, challenge, and inspire and change lives in our community around us.