It’s Time for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Building to Open

It's Time for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Building to Open

The opening of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (WYSO) new building on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison marks an important milestone in the organization’s history. After three years of construction, this $25 million structure will house WYSO’s permanent offices and programming.

Modern Setting for Music Education

The 400-seat performance hall, rehearsal hall, recording studio, music library, lounge, and multiple practice rooms are all features of the newly built WYSO complex. The building’s architecture is carefully thought out to provide the best possible lighting, accessibility, and acoustics for both performers and spectators. In addition, the building has eco-friendly elements including geothermal heating and cooling, solar panels, and rainwater collection.

Dedicated to the instruction of young orchestras, this state-of-the-art WYSO building is one of the few in the nation. Over 500 children in grades 5 through 12 have been served by WYSO since its founding in 1966. Each year, auditions are held for the organization’s six orchestras. In addition, the group offers outreach initiatives for marginalized populations and chances for chamber music, jazz, percussion, and harp ensembles.

Celebrations at the Official Launch

The new WYSO building will be officially opened on February 16, 2024, with a series of concerts and celebrations planned to coincide with the occasion. All six WYSO orchestras will perform during the grand opening ceremony, which will also include faculty, alumni, and guest artists. The premiere of a recently commissioned work by Pulitzer Prize-winning and WYSO alumnus composer John Harbison will be the centerpiece of the celebrations.

The WYSO building, which is expected to draw more attendees, students, and supporters, is well-positioned to further the organization’s goal of providing young musicians with performance opportunities and top-notch music instruction. It is hoped that this new facility will inspire the next wave of musical leaders and enhance the state’s and the region’s cultural landscape.

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