The Wisconsin Idea at Its Most Audible
A component of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Music, the Music Engagement and Outreach Program shares the expertise of its three faculty ensembles‐in‐residence with young musicians and community audiences around the state. Comprising world-renowned performers and educators, the Pro Arte Quartet, Wingra Wind Quintet, and Wisconsin Brass Quintet bring their experience and musical mastery beyond the University walls. Each ensemble travels throughout Wisconsin to high schools, colleges, and concert halls, working with young musicians and performing for local concert series patrons. With generous support from the Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant, the Music Engagement and Outreach Program continues to expand its involvement with Wisconsin communities by providing mentoring, educational leadership, and training opportunities to students of all ages and backgrounds.
In 2016, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music began an ongoing residency program at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, a public arts magnet high school. Students in the MHSA Band, Orchestra, and Jazz ensembles worked side-by-side with the Pro Arte Quartet, Wingra Wind Quintet, and Wisconsin Brass Quintet both at MHSA and on campus at UW-Madison during its inaugural year, and the program has since expanded to include the vocal program at MHSA and its drumline. During the 2018-19 academic year, the partnership focused on MHSA’s robust choral and opera programs, with collaborations involving UW-Madison choral, opera, and applied voice faculty.
The concert was exquisite. To have this level of professionalism, talent and experience in our little theater was magical. It was a truly unforgettable experience. The audience was thrilled.
This was a record-breaker for sales…everything was terrific, extremely well organized…the group was friendly and accommodating…Your Arts Outreach is a flagship program, where you truly “walk the talk” of the Wisconsin Idea. We were honored to have the musicians here.
– Nicolet College, Rhinelander