A quarterly publication for alumni of  Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra/Music for Youth
Winter 2018
Celebrating Mr. Simmons' 25th Anniversary 
Carter Simmons came to MYSO as a bright-eyed graduate student studying under the tutelage of Professor Thomas Dvorak. At that time Mr. Simmons only knew one thing; he wanted to pursue a career in his biggest passion - music. From music coordinator to MYSO Artistic Director, he has grown with us both as a musician and as an individual over the last 25 years.
 
When reflecting on the importance of seeing former students come back, Mr. Simmons responds, "It's really rewarding to witness the result of a great relationship that was founded in a musical experience... It's also gratifying to see them come back because you can tell that they are checking in to see if what they experienced is still being experienced by others." Help us commemorate Mr. Simmons' 25 years with us by making a donation in his honor.
Highlights from the Alumni Reunion
Monday, January 8, brought together MYSO/MFY alumni of all ages to reminisce about their musical experiences and to dust off their instruments to rehearse with the Senior Symphony. Ms. Margery Deutsch, Senior Symphony Music Director, and Mr. Carter Simmons, Artistic Director and Music Director of Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, welcomed  back alumni from 1973-2017 during a pre-rehearsal reception. Attendees met fellow alumni, shared memories about rehearsing, performing, and touring, and heard organizational updates.
 
Recent alumni with Mr. Simmons. Photo: Home Bound Photography

After the reception, alumni listened to the rehearsal, or joined Senior Symphony to play Kabalevsky's  Colas Breugnon Overture and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. Alumni are a significant part of MYSO's story. It was a pleasure to renew acquaintances and relive memories.

Andy Sajdak (2000) sits in with the cello section. Photo: Home Bound Photography
 
Thank you to all who attended. We welcome visiting alumni any time of the year!
In This Issue
MYSO's New Website
 
Check out MYSO's  new website  and the redesigned section under the Alumni tab located at the top on the right-hand side. This page enables you to catch all the latest news, and tells you how you can become a member of the
 
If you have any comments on how we can improve the Alumni page please contact ronoshima@myso.org.
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Alumni Access Pass
Alumni qualify for a personalized Concert Access Pass which allows you to hear any MYSO concert for the low prices of $8 (adults) or $6 (students or seniors). Contact Katie Phillips at katiephillips@myso.org or 414-267-2958 to get your pass. Come hear the next generation of young musicians! 
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Alumni play with the brass section. Photo: Home Bound Photography
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