Since 1956, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) has been nurturing, challenging, and inspiring generations of students and profoundly changing lives and our community for the better.
MYSO has grown from one orchestra and 30 students to become the largest after-school youth orchestra in the country, and one of the most respected. We serve 6,000 students annually through more than 40 ensemble and supplemental training programs.
Simon Field (17) began playing the French horn when he was 10, and joined MYSO his 7th grade year. He has had the honor of performing with the The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as a concerto competition semi-finalist, in the Music For All National Honors Orchestra (2019 and 2020), the John Philip Sousa National High School Honors Band in Boston, and with Senior Symphony last year on tour in Ireland. He has earned multiple exemplary awards for horn for WSMA, as well as competing at the state level for trumpet. This spring he will be making his Carnegie Hall debut with the Oconomowoc Wind Symphony. He is thankful for the many experiences MYSO has provided for him to improve and learn. When he’s not practicing or teaching, Simon teaches log rolling, composes, and enjoys creating short films.
Julianna Vogl, a junior at Calvary Baptist School, has been playing violin for about thirteen years. She started studying with Dr Bernard Zinck in 2019, and had studied with Lisa Perner Kitzke for the previous years. Julianna is also a violist; she has been playing viola for five years and studies with Amanda Grettie Koch. This is Julianna's second year in MYSO. She is currently a violinist the the Senior Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra. She is also a member of the Honors Chamber Music Program with Frank Almond, and plays viola in the Advanced Chamber Music Institute at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
Anita has performed with a number of groups over the years. She started in Milwaukee singing pop music. Since then she has
worked in many venues, both in the US and the Caribbean where she vocalized on albums by such groups as Inner Circle and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.
She has worked with such artists as Lynn (Bernstein) Arriale, Mike Barnett, Larry Lane, Mark Thierfelder, Tom Sorce, OPUS, Joel Friesinger, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and many others.
Lately her primary music focus is the American Songbook. She can be seen performing throughout the Milwaukee area.
Since his debut performance at Uihlein hall at age 13, Jonah Kartman has been an active performer in the Milwaukee/Chicago area and a frequent performer on the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival emerging artist series in Burlington, Vermont. He has also gained experience as a competitor winning multiple local competitions and was one of seventeen candidates considered for the International Junior Tibor Varga Competition. For the past three years Jonah has been studying with Robert Hanford and has been attending the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in his summers where he studies under Won-Bin Yim. Coming from a family with strong musical ties, he aspires to reach the level of professionalism that his parents and grandparents reached in their own careers. As an avid participant in chamber music, Jonah has worked and performed with a number of student colleagues and now hopes to perform with his mother and father as the Kartman trio in their 2019 season. Equally at home in orchestral repertoire, Jonah has performed in ensemble in some of the worlds greatest halls such as Carnegie Hall and Orchestra Hall. Jonah is currently playing on a 19th century Joseph Hel, generously given to him by his grandfather.
Emily Hauer is a 12th-grade violin student of Ms. Ilana Setapen, Associate Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Emily has been playing violin since she was two years old, and has performed with the Milwaukee, Madison, Oshkosh, and Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestras, the Green Bay Civic Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared on “From the Top” hosted by Christopher O’Riley, performed two times on“The Midday” hosted by Norman Gilliland, and received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. In February, she played the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Madison Symphony Orchestra as one of the four finalists in the Bolz Young Artists Competition. Emily is currently in her fourth year as concertmaster of the Fox Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra, and will be pursuing a degree in violin performance in the fall.
A frequent performer as both soloist and ensemble pianist, Dr. Michael Thiele is currently on the faculty at both Concordia University-Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He has taught piano at Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, the University of Nebraska, Cornell College in Iowa, the University of Wisconsin Center-Fox Valley and the University of Wisconsin Center-Fond du Lac.
Dr. Thiele received his D.M.A. degree in performance from the University of Iowa, his M.M degree from Northwestern University and his B.M. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Asociation, Milwaukee Music Teachers Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Shiqi Xu is a senior music major with piano performance and piano pedagogy concentrations. She is a Chinese international student and has been studied in Carthage College for the past two years. She is the 2017 winner of the 4th Annual Carthage Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and has performed Chopin Concerto no.2 with Carthage Philharmonic and conductor, Dr. Kawakami. She has been involved as a pianist played with Carthage Wind Ensemble and Carthage Philharmonic for several times, and was appreciate to have change perform in Chicago Concert Hall. She has been a member of pits accompanied for the main stage music theatres, as well as the accompanist for the opera workshops and solo instrumental ensemble. Shiqi has a constant chamber music partner who plays the violin, and has successfully performed several recitals. She has been doing the tutor for both music theory and aural skills in the past two years. She works for Carthage Arts Academy as a piano faculty, and also for Carthage Keyboard Program as an assistant.
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