Lunch Time Concert Series on select Wednesdays from Noon-1pm at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Milwaukee. Suggested Donation $5.
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.
The MYSO Showcase will feature three different performances.
Harpist Emmaline Strong is a member of MYSO’s most advanced orchestra the Senior Symphony. She is homeschooled and in 12th grade. She has been a member of MYSO for two years.
Kwasi Stampley is a jazz guitarist in MYSO’s Jazz Studies Program. He has been a part of MYSO for five years. He is in 11th grade at the University School of Milwaukee.
Domingo, Juan Daniel, Alitza, and Jonatan Pasillas-Velazquez are siblings who form a family string quartet. They are all members of MYSO and participate in four different ensembles: The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra (Domingo, violin), Philharmonia (Juan Daniel, violin), and Sinfonia (Jonatan, cello, and Alitza, viola). The students are homeschooled, and Domingo will be graduating this spring. He will attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the fall to study music.
Greg Hartmann, 23, is pursuing a Master’s of Music in Piano Performance as a student of Ran Dank at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Greg recently won first place in the 2016 Walter A. and Dorothy J. Oestreich Concerto Competition, 2016 Rochester Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the 2016 Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Young Artist Competition, and received the Jung-Springberg Award for Outstanding Musicianship in the 2018 Kuleshov International Piano Competition. Also an accomplished composer, Greg won the 2018 Paula Nelson-Guenther Young Composer Competition, and as a result his orchestral work Requiem for a Memory: Nocturne for Orchestra was recorded by the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. He has performed concerti with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Symphony, Lakeshore Wind Ensemble, Concord Chamber Orchestra, and Waukesha Area Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he was a finalist in the 2015 Jefferson Symphony International Young Artist Competition and has garnered prizes in the Concord Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Ohio Music Teachers' Association statewide piano competition, the Wisconsin Music Teachers' Association senior piano competition, and represented Wisconsin in the Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) senior piano competition. Greg has performed in masterclasses for many renowned artists including Robert McDonald, James Tocco, Daniel Shapiro, Eugene Pridonoff, Roland Krueger, James Giles, and Douglas Humpherys. Greg is also the captain of the University of Cincinnati Table Tennis Team.
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