LYSO Mission

The mission of the La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestras is to provide a unique opportunity for youth to develop and showcase their artistry in the symphonic tradition and to enhance their lives and the cultural environment of the communities we serve.

The Board of Directors understands and appreciates that participation in the La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestras programs requires a serious commitment on the part of its members and their families.

The La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestras accepts applicants based on their musical ability, without regard to sex, race, religion, disability, or national origin.

History of the LYSO

In 1967 Frank J Italiano brought a group of young musicians together – this was the beginning. Two years later, in 1969, the La Crosse Youth Symphony Society became incorporated. The La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestras have grown and changed over the years, but it still has the same purpose today as it did 46 years ago: to give the youth of the area a way to gain valuable musical experience, to obtain different insights into the techniques of their particular instrument from a faculty of professional musicians and teachers, and finally, to give our youth the enjoyment of performing in an orchestra and an appreciation of the arts – whether as a performer, a future teacher or an avid audience participant.

In the fall of 1983, the Youth Symphony added the Philharmonic Orchestra. There have been other groups added over the years, such as the Preparatory Strings, the Discovery Orchestra, the Premier Orchestra and various Chamber groups. We now have the Philharmonic String Orchestra and the Italiano Orchestra.