The Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra (MAYSO) is a regional orchestra centered in Mankato, MN. Our mission is to provide quality orchestral experience for talented young musicians and present a quality performance for audiences both in Mankato and outlying communities. The North Star Strings (NSS) is a youth orchestra for our younger students to develop and prepare to become a member of MAYSO. The Youth Wind Ensemble (MAYWE) program is designed to provide an additional offering for brass, winds, and percussion players ages 14 and up. 

After high school, our students go on to many different paths. Some go on to study music, the arts, science, education, and so on. They all look back on their time with the group as a special experience. You can catch up with MAYSO Alumni at 

Auditions for Orchestra and Winds

Auditions for our Youth Symphony Orchestra, North Star Strings, and Youth Wind Ensemble will take place on May 13, 2017. Click here to sign-up for an audition

Summer Orchestra Sign-up

Thanks to a generous donation from the Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation, L&N Andreas Foundation, PLRAC, and Madelia Optometric we are able to offer an additional orchestra session at a low-cost of $25. This is open to all instruments in both groups. We will have one main ensemble and smaller brass/winds ensemble and string ensemble. The session will take place from April 9 to June 3 with concerts on June 2 & 3. Both concerts will be free to the public. Our first concert will be held in German Park, New Ulm, MN and our second and the Southern Minnesota Children's Museum.

New this year, we are offering an "orchestra introduction program" where students who are at the note reading but not ready for a full orchestra experience the opportunity to play one song with the group while working on note reading, rhythms, and sitting with the symphony orchestra. To sign-up for our Summer Orchestra program, click here.

New this year, we are offering the use of an oboe to a student who may be interested in learning to play. Free lessons are included. For more information, contact Carolyn Borgen at or 612-251-8492.