Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra plans for new $25 million building on E. Washington Ave.

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MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra is announcing plans to build a new 40,000-square foot building in a quickly-developing area of E. Washington Avenue.

The WYSO says the new building on the 1100 block of E. Washington Avenue — about a block east of Breese Stevens Field — will include state-of-the-art rehearsal spaces for full-sized orchestras, a percussion room with a “world class array” of percussion instruments, smaller rehearsal rooms, a piano laboratory and small teaching studios for private lessons.

The organization hasn’t had a place to call home since last fall, and has since found multiple locations to host its programs across the Madison area. But the hope is the new home, which is near the newly-built Madison Youth Arts building, will bring all of those programs back under one roof while contributing to an area where youth arts can thrive.

More than 500 young people from across southern Wisconsin take part in the WYSO’s various programs. The organization says that number has grown significantly in recent years, leading to the need for more space.

The $25 million project has already received a significant fundraising boost, thanks to two donations totaling $18 million from Pleasant Rowland and Jerry Frautschi.