During his family's time in Milwaukee, Mr. Dixon's three children, Charles, Jeff and Theresa each had the opportunity to participate in MYSO with him. Each had a different and beneficial experience. Theresa loved playing violin in the orchestra and believes that
"the preparation and effort to strive for mastery in the context of such a large 'team' creates a set of skills that crosses over to many areas of life."
She now enjoys attending concerts and is currently a special education teacher of 6th-8th graders and helps her husband run two businesses
(The Milwaukee Field Hockey Club and 4Winners Field Hockey). She reflected on her time in MYSO and said, "My dad helped me love music and being part of a musical family is something I am very proud of."
Jeff also played violin in MYSO, for eight years, and said that MYSO (including the memorable international tour to Spain and Italy with Theresa and both of their parents in 1997) was one of the best experiences of his lifetime. Jeff still surrounds himself with music and currently owns string instrument purveyor Dixon Stein in downtown Chicago. Having his "father as a conductor was something
truly special that not many people ever get to experience."
Above: Theresa and Jeff Dixon pictured with another set of siblings, Shauncey and Afton Ali, on the 1997 tour to Spain and Italy. (Left to right: Theresa, Shauncey, Jeff, Afton)
Charles played violin in MFY/MYSO for ten years and looked forward to going to rehearsal every week. Now he is a
freelance violinist and violist in Nashville, TN and the creator and producer of a symphony pops show called Music City Hit-Makers: "Where Song Meets Symphony."
We love our dad and are so very proud of him!"