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.
Concerto Contest Results
Congratulations to Julia Ferris, winner of the 2015 LYSO Concerto Contest!
Julia Ferris took 1st place in the 2015 LYSO Concerto Contest playing the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3. Julia is a 10th grader and has been playing the violin for eight years.
Congratulations also to Dominic Falter for taking 2nd place and Teresa Falter for 3rd place.
We look forward to hearing Julia play the Mozart concerto with the Italiano Orchestra at the fall concert on Sunday, March 15, 2015.
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.