A quarterly publication for alumni of
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra/Music for Youth
Summer 2016 
Alumni Give Back
Many alumni continue to provide critical support to MYSO with their time, talents and resources. We are excited to share the stories of some of these alumni with you during our 2016 Alumni Give Back Series, including our first feature on Erin Casper Borissov. Thank you to all who continue to be involved in the organization!

Erin Casper Borissov 
1996-1997, trumpet
Alumna Erin Casper Borissov is a dedicated supporter and advocate. Erin's support helps make it possible for MYSO to offer over 40 program and ensemble options to our community's young people. She says that "Supporting MYSO is one way t o thank the organization and the leaders that make MYSO special and impact so many lives." Read more about how Erin's life was impacted by her involvement and what she is doing today. 

In what years and in what ensemble did you perform in during your time in MYSO? 
I joined MYSO in 1996. I was principal trumpet of Philharmonia. Ronald Melby and Carter Simmons were the conductors. In 1997, I played in Senior Symphony, and Margery Deutsch and Shelby Keith Dixon were the conductors.
What was your MYSO experience like? What did you learn?
I loved every rehearsal. It was the highlight of my week. I loved both the music and the friends I made in MYSO.
What are you up to now? Are you still playing music?
I live in Carmel, Indiana, with my husband and two boys (ages 2 and 4 ½). I am a partner in a law firm, and I primarily represent electric utilities. I don't play trumpet regularly, but once in a while, I do take it out of the case and play for my sons. I sound pretty good for about three minutes, and then I can't play anymore. My 4 ½ year old is becoming quite the musician. He had his first solo in a school concert last month and was wonderful. He is beginning to hit the correct pitches on a regular basis when he sings. As soon as he is old enough, I plan to get him involved in the Indianapolis Children's Choir, which is an organization similar to MYSO.
How did MYSO and your music education impact your life?
I went to a small high school located forty minutes north of Milwaukee, and it did not have a strong music program. MYSO was an invaluable opportunity to play in an orchestra, play among other devoted and passionate high school musicians, and make lifelong friends.
Be a part of the movement!
Have you considered making a donation to MYSO? No contribution is too small and every gift plays an important role in supporting our young musicians! Be a part of the alumni give back movement today.
In This Issue
In the News
Midshipman 1st Class (senior), Tom Wester, MYSO alumnus, led the Class of 2016 at the United States Naval Academy's graduation and commissioning on Friday, May 27, 2016 in Annapolis, Maryland. Tom is the first student from the State of Wisconsin to graduate first in the class in 39 years. Read more about his journey and many honors here. Congratulations, Tom!
Blutending a success!
Thank you to all who attended and donated to MYSO's Blutending fundraiser this spring. We enjoyed connecting with so many alumni at the event and raised over $1,000 to support our programs. A special thanks to our alumni hosts, Jen Bauer and Amy Mikec (pictured below). 
Volunteer with MYSO
Each year MYSO engages over 300 volunteers. Your efforts can continue to make an impact! To learn more about volunteer opportunities email caseymanderscheid@myso.org.
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