Our ensembles

ABOUT
Italiano

Our premier ensemble, a full orchestra comprised of young musicians through 12th grade with a demonstrated ability to perform at an advanced level. Members enjoy the enrichment and challenge of performing with other serious and dedicated musicians.

Italiano Orchestra

ABOUT
Philharmonic

Our smaller, intermediate level full orchestra specifically designed for the developing musician who has playing experience and but is not yet ready to play the most difficult of orchestral music. The Philharmonic Orchestra will challenge the middle school and early high school level musician. Players gain from the experience of playing more advanced repertoire, which is not always possible in a school setting. Our mission is to improve, motivate and develop our members' talents to their fullest.

Philharmonic Orchestra

AUDITIONS

New Member Auditions

 

Auditions for students wishing audition into LYSO for the first time will occur on August 5, 2021 (5-8PM) at Leitholds Music in La Crosse, WI. Current LYSO members do not need to reaudition unless you are trying to move from Philharmonic to Italiano. You can sign up using the link below. Students may also request to submit virtual audition on the same form:

SIGN UP LINK: https://forms.gle/qSxmXBw2D9mfgJmr7

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (Younger/less experienced players):

Solo:

 

Strings/Winds/Percussion - Select a Class A or Class B solo from the WSMA festival list  OR select a piece of similar difficulty that is not on the list.   Please include copies of your solo for the judges.

Scales: Find your instrument below for scale PDF. Play as many octaves as you are able.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ITALIANO ORCHESTRA (Advanced players):

Solo:

 

Wind/Percussion - Select a class A solo (3 minute excerpt) from the WSMA festival list OR a piece of similar difficulty that is not on the list. Please include copies of the your solo for the judges.

Strings - Select a Class A or Class B solo (3 minute excerpt) from the WSMA festival list OR a piece of similar difficulty that is not on the list. Please include copies of the your solo for the judges.

Scales: Find your instrument below for scale PDF. Play as many octaves as you are able.

 

Returning Member Placement Auditions

Chair Placements:

  • All members (new and returning) must play a separate chair placement audition.

  • All chair placement auditions will be virtual submissions due on August 27 with materials being posted here on August 13, 2021.

General Notes:

  • Orchestra placements last the entire season, Fall and Spring semesters.

  • Auditions are closed to parents and the public.

  • Students will be judged on intonation, interpretation, tone, rhythm, technique, and scale proficiency.

  • Orchestra placements may not be appealed

Audition results will be emailed to everyone within 72 hours following the audition date.