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.


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Support LYSO by purchasing highest-quality wreaths - made in Wisconsin!

Order online or through a LYSO student. Either way, your purchase will help with the budget deficit and will support the outstanding music experiences available through LYSO.

Wreath orders must be placed by October 11, 2014. Wreaths will be available for pickup on November 23, 2014, between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. (specifics will be provided with your order receipt).

Visit our Wreath Fundraiser page for more information.

A new season is underway!

An exciting season of music is about to begin with the La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Please note that the fall concert, November 15, will be at the Heider Center instead of Onalaska High School.

Music for the fall concert includes:

  • Capriccio Italien by Tchaikovsky
  • The Moldau, from Má Vlast (My Country) by Smentana
  • Hopak! Ukrainian Dance by William Owens
  • Allegro Molto by Mozart
  • Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky
  • And much more!


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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