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.


A few wreaths left

Thank you, La Crosse, for making this year's fundraiser a success! We sold many more wreaths than last year, resulting in direct benefits to the students who play in our orchestras.

Because our supplier requests that we order bundles of similar wreaths (for example, bundles of ten 24" wreaths, ten crosses, etc.) we have a few odds and ends available still to purchase.

Still available are:

  • One 30" deluxe wreath - $25
  • One 26" cross - $23
  • One 30" candy cane - $23
  • Several 26" door sprays - $16

To order, either call 608 788-0159 or email Learn about how/where to pickup your wreaths at our Wreath Fundraiser page.

Fall Concert is Saturday, November 15, at the Heider Center

Please note the location change. The concert is at the Heider Center in West Salem (instead of at Onalaska High School).

Music for the fall concert includes:

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

Learn more at our Concerts 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

Photo Credit: ms.akr