“The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra is committed to the development of education programs that teach, inspire, and motivate our next generation through classical music.”
– Joe Loehnis, CEO

Youth Outreach and Education have been an integral part of the mission of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Every year, the orchestra introduces southern Wisconsin children to classical music through our youth and education programs.

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Young Artist Concerto Competition

The Young Artist Concerto Competition is a highly-regarded competition in which Wisconsin’s young musicians in piano, string, woodwind, brass, and percussion, grades 9-12, compete for scholarships and the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the WCO at Concerts on the Square.

Learn more about YACC.

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Family Series

Our Family Series is a free program that offers an engaging exploration of music for families with children of all ages. The format is purposefully different from typical concert settings, so moving around or making noise during the show is welcomed and encouraged!

Learn more about our Family Series.

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WYSO Side by Side Project

Since 2006, the WCO has collaborated with Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras' (WYSO) musicians in the Side by Side Project. The Side by Side Project launches with a day of rehearsals and mentoring activities and culminates with a free performance in Madison’s Overture Hall.

Learn more about the Side by Side Project.

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Super Strings Program

Developed by Maestro Sewell in 2016, the Super Strings Program connects early-elementary school children at Madison’s Lussier Community Education Center with a WCO musician who provides the students with a music education curriculum and violin lessons.

Learn more about the program.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

With Madison Ballet
Friday, December 17, 2021 — 7:00 PM to
Sunday, December 26, 2021 — 6:00 PM
Overture Hall — Overture Center for the Arts
Family Series I

Family Series I

El Salón México
Saturday, April 2, 2022 — 10:00 AM to
Saturday, April 2, 2022 — 12:30 PM
Mitby Theater — MATC Truax
Maestro Andrew Sewell

Maestro Andrew Sewell

Get to know Andrew
Support the WCO

Support the WCO

Ways to support the WCO
WCO Composer in Residence

WCO Composer in Residence

Meet Dr. Bill Banfield