The orchestras continue to grow, improve, and offer deeper and more meaningful musical opportunities. Be a part of the LYSO experience!

Upcoming auditions

The next audition date will be in August 8, 2019.

Register for an audition today! It's easy - just click on the link below.

Learn more about auditions at our Auditions Page.

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Orchestra membership is based on musical ability as well as the orchestra's specific needs for instrumentation for the season. Young musicians from 5th grade through 12th grade who play an orchestral instrument may audition. With two orchestras to fill, there are many opportunities for talented musicians.

Instruments in the orchestras are: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, and Percussion.

What to play at your audition

Solo: Select a Class A or Class B solo from the WSMA High School or Middle School list, OR select a piece of similar difficulty that is not on the list. This piece does not need to be memorized and must be played without accompaniment. It should last no more than 4 minutes - you may make cuts to reduce the length. See the Auditions Page for more information.

Scales: play scales from the WSMA High School and Middle School audition requirements. See the Auditions Page for more information.

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2019-20 Schedule


Each orchestra has 9 rehearsals per semester.

  • Fall semester begins in September and ends with a concert in mid November

  • Spring semester beings in January and ends with a concert in mid March

 Both orchestras  rehearse Sunday afternoons at Lincoln Middle School in La Crosse. Rehearsals also take place occasionally in early fall, on Thursday evenings.


Members perform in two main concerts: the Fall Concert, which takes place in mid November, and the Spring Concert, which takes place in mid March.

Both orchestras perform a number of pieces at each concert.

In addition, other performing opportunities arise regularly. 

Membership Fees

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LYSO offers financial assistance, payment options, and family discounts. If you are interested in joining, do not let membership fees hold you back. We will find a way to make it work.

Membership fees for both the Philharmonic and Italiano Orchestra Membership fees is $475 per year.

Fundraisers are held that can help offset the cost of a member’s Membership Fees. For example: sell a set amount of wreaths and get $50.00 (or more) off of your membership fee.