A quarterly publication for alumni of
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra/Music for Youth
Spring 2016 
Shelby Keith Dixon to Retire after 32 Years
Shelby Keith Dixon will retire at the end of the 2015-16 season after 32 years with Music for Youth and MYSO. Mr. Dixon has been a MYSO conductor since 1984 and Senior Symphony Associate Conductor since 1988. He also helped launch the Progressions program in 2003 and was an administrator of the program for two years. Please join us in recognizing his contributions and commitment to music education for over three decades!
  • Make a gift  in honor of Mr. Dixon to show your support and appreciation for the impact he has had on young people in our community!
  • Attend Mr. Dixon's last concert on Sunday, May 8, 6:00 PM, Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The Fanfare and Finale concert features the Brass Choir, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Senior Symphony. Call the MYSO office at 414-267-2950 to order tickets.
  • Write a message for Mr. Dixon or share a memory here.
     
The Dixon Family of Alumni
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!"
What's New at MYSO
The MYSO administrative staff has welcomed two new members. Casey Manderscheid is our new Office Manager. Among many tasks, Casey will be overseeing volunteer management and communication with the families. Paul Beck is MYSO's new Manager of Artistic Operations. Paul is a native of South Milwaukee and an alumnus who played bassoon in Senior Symphony from 1991-1993. With this new position, Paul will be working closely on the program and concert operations. There are now 16 alumni on MYSO's administrative and artistic staff! 
 
   
Alumni Access Pass
There is still time to sign up to get your personalized Alumni Concert Access Pass, which gives you exclusive ticket discounts for the 2015-16 season! Email katietruax@myso.org
to receive your pass. We would love to see you at our performances this spring!  
In This Issue
Save the Date
Join alumnae Amy (Tess-Mattner) Mikec and Jen Bauer for a Blutending fundraiser at the Pfister to support MYSO! This event is free and open to the public. During the event, 10% of all bar revenue and 100% of all the tips will be donated back to MYSO.  

white-wine.jpg Tuesday, May 2 4, 2016 
 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee
 Pfister Hotel 24th Floor

In the News
MYSO alumna Ashley Rewolinski  was recently crowned Miss New Berlin, a local title of the Miss America Organization and the largest scholarship provider for women. During her year of service in 2016, she will promote her platform, Music Matters , raising awareness of the importance of music education and programs like MYSO.
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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