La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, along with Mayo Clinic Health System, is committed to encouraging a love and appreciation for music in our area's youth, with a variety of educational programs designed to expose children and young adults to the magic of the Symphony.

Sponsored by:

La Crosse Arts Online

A strategic collaboration of La Crosse arts organizations developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more on our La Crosse partnering arts organizations!





BGC Violin Lessons

Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs may choose to take free violin lessons taught by La Crosse Symphony Orchestra members.


*2021-22 Volunteer Program of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse

Play it Forward

We put musical instruments into the hands of students who wish to learn! Click below to read about the program and opportunities to help!

String Scholarships

11 Scholarships are available for students from k-12 to audition for each year. Winnings include discounts on lessons or a free year of lessons. They also include 2 season tickets to the symphony!

Symphony for Youth

Thousands of elementary students get to experience the real symphony for a 45 minute performance with an educational element. This experience brings smiles and a new appreciation for classical music!

Richard Record Rising Stars Concerto Competition

A high-level concerto competition brings the top high school musicians from the upper midwest