I am incredibly grateful to not only have had the opportunity to participate in the valuable competition experience that the WCO provides for young musicians, but also to have been recognized for my performance with the scholarship and opportunity to perform with the WCO.
– Jane Story

Jane Story, 17, is from Stevens Point, WI. She began violin studies at the age of four and currently studies with Dr. Anna Cromwell of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.

Jane made her solo orchestral debut at the age of 12 with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and has since performed as a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on both the Stars of Tomorrow Concert and October Youth Concert Series, as well as the WYSO Youth Orchestra, Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Civic Symphony of Green Bay, Birch Creek Symphony, and Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. She was the first prize winner of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's 2023 Audrey G. Baird Stars of Tomorrow Competition and a finalist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra's 2024 and 2022 Bolz Young Artist Competition: The Final Forte, broadcast live on PBS Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio. Other awards include first prize in the WYSO Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition (2024), Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra's Jenkins Family Young Artist Concerto Competition (2023), Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Concerto Competition (2022), Civic Symphony of Green Bay's Miroslav Pansky Concerto Competition (2021), Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Bach Double Competition (2020, 2019), Madison Symphony Orchestra's Fall Youth Concerto Competition (2018), and Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program's Concerto Competition (2018); and finalist in the Minnesota Orchestra YPSCA’s Concerto Competition (2024, 2023). She is a 2023 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist, and appeared on NPR’s From the Top, as well as the Daily Joy video series.

Jane is in her second season as a member of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, where she performs in both the Youth Orchestra and the Pondrom Piano Quartet. Last season, as a member of the WYSO Pondrom String Quartet, Jane received the Silver Medal and the BIPOC prize at the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition (2023) and an honorable mention in the Chicago National Chamber Music Competition (2023), and appeared on WPR's The Midday. In the summer of 2023, she attended Center Stage Strings.

In addition to violin, Jane is in her fourth year of studying piano with Rachel Snyder Turney. Outside of music, she enjoys math, musical theater, and watching movies.

Watch Jane's News3 interview here.

Watch Jane's NBC15 interview here.