Lawrence Youth String Orchestra (LYSO) (Grades 5-8, auditioned)
The Lawrence Youth String Orchestra (LYSO)—formerly the Academy String Orchestra (ASTRO)—provides dedicated string students in grades 5-8 the opportunity to begin performing orchestral music. Emphases include the development of reading and ensemble skills. LYSO's schedule includes weekly rehearsals (two 10-week semesters) and a performance in November and March. LYSO is the preparatory orchestra for the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra program; administrators and teacher-conductors in each organization work together to ensure the highest quality opportunities for students in the Fox Valley region.
As a general rule, students spend a minimum of two years in LYSO before moving to the Fox Valley Symphony's Philharmonia Orchestra. This is particularly true for students whose schools teach strings in small group lesson formats rather than in full orchestral settings and for students in grades 5 or 6.
Students registered for Community Music School ensembles are also expected to participate in a curricular (during the school day, for credit) performing musical ensemble when available; LYSO should not substitute for curricular music programs.
Auditions and Registration
Details on the 2021-22 season are still in development. Please visit our COVID-19 Protocol page for the most current safety information for the 2021-22 academic year.
Additional 2021-22 season auditions will be held in the summer. There is no cost to audition. To receive audition information as it is determined, please click the button below and fill out our interest form. Click here to view the audition requirements. Returning LYSO students need not audition.
Returning students and auditionees who received an acceptance letter are invited to register for the 2021-22 season by clicking the button below.
Tuition assistance is available to families who demonstrate financial need.