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
Please visit our COVID-19 Protocol page for the most current safety information for the 2021-22 academic year.
Auditions are currently closed for the 2021-22 season. There is no cost to audition for LYSO. Auditions are typically held in the spring for the following academic year; returning students need not audition. Please fill out our interest form to receive audition information when it becomes available.
Tuition assistance is available to families who demonstrate financial need.