The La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestras provide outstanding opportunities for youth to grow as musicians, to develop leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving skills, and to enhance the cultural environments of their communities.



Media Coverage

Check out the stories on WKBT and WXOW news. Unfortunately they were not able to be there to film the Italiano Orchestra, but the Philharmonic Strings got some excellent coverage!

WKBT News Story >

WXOW News Story >

Thanks to these and other local news outlets who covered the concert!

AUDITIONS for 2014 taking place in May and August

Click to view PDF flyer

Click to view PDF flyer

Are you interested in playing major repertoire with a group of outstanding young musicians?

If so, take a look at our Join LYSO page to learn about joining the La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Next auditions are scheduled for:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Leithold Music

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Leithold Music

Register for an audition today! It's easy visit the Join LYSO page.

Meet the Artistic Director

Randall Mastin, Artistic Director and Italiano Orchestra conductor

Mr. Mastin is a graduate of Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. Mastin teaches orchestra at Lincoln Middle School in La Crosse. Prior to that he taught at Viroqua High School and Middle School and at Memorial High School, Eau Claire, WI.

Mr. Mastin is active with the La Crosse Symphony as a cellist and also as a vocalist with the Viroqua Male Chorus. He has conducted his orchestras and choirs all over the United States and Europe including performances in Westminster Abby and London's New Year's Day Parade. Mastin has received several outstanding Conducting Awards as well as awards for effective leadership and program building abilities. He was formerly the conductor of the LYSO Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999 - 2003 and 2007 - 2008.

LYSO has exposed me to a wide variety of music and has given me the opportunity to have the fun and rewarding experience of playing with the full orchestra of talented musicians. Thank you!
— S. H. LYSO member, 2014
LYSO has meant a chance to play with an amazing group of talented students sharing the same passion for music. I’ve played in LYSO for six years, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
— H. F. LYSO member, 2014
I have made friends and gained experience in a professional setting that I wouldn’t have had anywhere else. I always will be glad that I joined.
— S. K. LYSO member, 2014

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