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 new season approaches!

Preparations are underway for an exciting and fulfilling 2016-2017 concert season!

Take a look at our 2016-2017 schedule!


Meet the Artistic Director

Randall Mastin, Artistic Director and Italiano Orchestra conductor

Randall Mastin has been a string educator and conductor for 32 years and brings a lifetime of experience, enthusiasm, and a wealth of knowledge to the podium. Mr. Mastin began playing cello at age 8 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in 1984 from Wartburg College, Waverly Iowa, winning the prestigious Meistersinger scholarship and his Master's from University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Mr. Mastin has been involved in LYSO since 1999, directing the Philharmonic and then becoming the Artistic Director and conductor of the Italiano Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Mastin's proudest achievement, though, are the hundreds of successful former students who have gone on to professional music careers or just enjoyed a lifetime of playing their instrument. He has been voted 16 times, by students, as the educator who has the most impact on their lives. "LYSO has been the launching pad for so many students who enjoy both professional careers in music or as musicians in their local symphony. LYSO opens up a whole new world of symphonic music not possible in an average school setting." Mr. Mastin has worked hard to create a climate of excellence and is very proud of the LYSO tradition!

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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