Student Apprenticeships

One of the best ways to inspire and to teach young talented musicians is to give them the chance to perform side-by-side with seasoned musicians – both in rehearsals and at actual performance. The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra’s Student Apprentice Program offers just such an opportunity. Young students from the area may audition for a seat in the orchestra; those selected will be paid a small stipend.

2022 - 23 Season Student Apprentice Auditions

The LCSO is inviting advanced high school musicians to audition for the opportunity to play side-by-side with LCSO musicians. Any student in grades 9 – 12 in good standing with his/her band or orchestra program is invited to audition.

Audition date

audition requirements

An Indiana Group 1 Level Solo or equivalent, with contrasting movements or two contrasting pieces; major scales through 4 flats/4 sharps; and a chromatic scale through the full range of the student’s instrument.

To Sign up for an audition time please click here. For more information, please contact Morgan Sleeper.

2022-2023 LCSO Student Apprentices

Chris Price

Chris Price is a senior at La Porte High School, where he is a member of the Orchestra. In addition to the cello, Chris plays the guitar and ukulele, and has also written numerous compositions. He was recently accepted into the computer science program at Purdue University, West Lafayette campus, and plans to play in the university orchestra.

Elliott Yrastorza

Elliot Yrastorza is a junior at La Porte High School.  He’s been playing percussion for six years and now performs with the LPHS Band.  He plans on attending music school after graduation, hopefully at a school along the East Coast.  Outside of music, he enjoys computers, theater, shoes, cats and cooking.

Theo Smith

Theo Smith is a new student apprentice to the LCSO and has been playing the tuba for over six years.  Theo is a resident of Long Beach, Indiana and currently a junior at Lu Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana.  He is a member of the La Lu Jazz band, led by Bryant Williams, and studies under Richard Watson (Valparaiso University, LCSO Principal Tuba) and Scott Tegge (University of Illinois, CYSO).

Theo is a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) and was selected to participate in the Indiana All State Honor Band.