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Peter Thomas'

Rock the Stream

Peter Thomas has been a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and has performed around the world as a multi-genre soloist, clinician, educator, and chamber musician. He frequently performs with the Kabat-Thomas Cello Duo, Frankly Music, Present Music, and the 414 Quartet. Peter was also the electric cellist of the award-winning classical cross-over indie-rock band I'm Not A Pilot who performed at Rock the Green's 2012 Sustainability Festival.


As a songwriter, Peter’s original song “Only in Dreams,” featuring vocalist Amanda Huff, took home the 2019 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award for Song of the Year, as well as being recognized in the same category by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Prior to joining the MSO, Peter performed with the Dayton Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA), and the New World Symphony, where he appeared as a soloist on two separate occasions performing Richard Strauss’s “Don Quixote” and Elgar’s Cello Concerto as the 2008 Concerto Competition winner.


Peter has presented clinics and workshops across the country through his innovative use of the electric cello and has recorded, arranged, and edited music for numerous artists including 2CELLOS and The Piano Guys through Hal Leonard Music. 

Peter performing with I'm Not A Pilot at Rock the Green's 2012 Sustainability Festival

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#RockTheStream: Get to Know Peter & MYSO 


July 16, 2020 @ 7pm CDT

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra 

Mission: we nurture, challenge and inspire young minds through music, profoundly changing lives and our community for the better. Vision uniting us through the power of music, MYSO is an inviting and inspirational place for young minds that fosters excellence and character through ensemble musicianship, along with lifelong learning about how we see ourselves, each other and the world around us.


More about MYSO:

Since 1956, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) has been nurturing, challenging, and inspiring young minds, profoundly changing lives and our community for the better. MYSO has grown from one orchestra and 30 students to become the largest after-school youth orchestra in the country, and one of the most respected. We serve 1,000 of the area’s young musicians who come from more than 200 schools, 90 zip codes, and as many as 14 counties throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Each year we provide outreach programs to an additional 6,000 youth and reach an audience of 25,000 through more than 100 public performances.


The importance of MYSO as a catalyst for youth development and community change has not gone unnoticed. In our 2015-16 season, MYSO received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the country’s highest honor for after-school youth arts and humanities programs, presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. MYSO is the only youth orchestra in the country ever to have received this recognition.


Today we offer more than 40 ensembles and enrichment training options, ranging from symphony and string orchestras, and jazz and steel pan bands to music theory, composition, and international tours, providing quality musical experiences for a wide range of skill levels. 


For more information about MYSO and its many programs, please visit


MYSO is a proud founding member of the United Performing Arts Fund and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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