Perf. Arts

Duffy named music director of MYSO's Philharmonia Orchestra

By DWAYNE BUTLER - TimeOut Editor

June 12, 2014


MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra has hired Daniel Duffy as music director of the MYSO’s Philharmonia Orchestra.

Duffy has served as director of bands at Waukesha West High School since 2000, a role which has included the management of two concert bands, symphonic winds and percussion, a wind ensemble, two jazz bands, a marching band, pep band, pit orchestra and a variety of additional ensembles serving 250 young musicians each year.

“I’ve admired the excellence achieved in the MYSO program for the past 20 years, and I am excited to join such a wonderful organization,” Duffy said in a release.

Prior to his appointment at West, Duffy was the associate director of bands at Kansas State University and director of bands at Rice Lake High School. He holds a Master of Music in Conducting Performance from the University of Cincinnati College’s Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ohio State University.

Outside of the classroom, Duffy has shared his wide-ranging talents in music instruction throughout the state. He has served as the assistant conductor of MYSO’s own Summer Wind Ensemble, a Wisconsin State Honors Section coach, Wisconsin All-State band chair and board member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Band Association.

Duffy will be responsible for the orchestra instruction of more than 100 of the area’s most talented young musicians. Comprised of mostly high school-age students, the MYSO’s Philharmonia is the first of three full symphony orchestras that MYSO offers to its nearly 1,000 young musicians.

“We are thrilled to add Daniel Duffy to our team of talented music educators, which include some of the most-respected in the area. (He) brings a wealth of experience in working with talented and high-achieving young musicians which will greatly support MYSO’s mission of fostering critical thinking skills, creativity and collaboration through youth music training,” said Linda Edelstein, MYSO executive director.

Duffy will begin his role as Philharmonia music director when the organization begins its 59th season in July.