Lawrence Youth String Orchestra (LYSO) (Grades 5-8, auditioned)
Corinna Albright, teacher-conductor
Ann Hada, manager
Location:Shattuck Hall 163, Lawrence Conservatory of Music / online via Zoom
Rehearsals: Sundays, 3:15–4:30 p.m.September–November
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
Audition requests are open for the 2021-22 season. There is no cost to audition. Please click the button below to reserve an audition time slot.
Returning LYSO students need not audition and are invited to re-register for the upcoming season.
Tuition assistance is available to families who demonstrate financial need.