The Lafayette Community String Orchestra originated in 1992 as an outgrowth of the Lafayette Community String Quartet. That quartet has since changed its name to the Bayou String Quartet.
The mission of this volunteer organization is to provide enjoyable string music at no cost to residents of Lafayette and the surrounding areas. This orchestra also provides string musicians of all ages and experience an opportunity to play in an ensemble. Members range in age from middle school students to retired musicians. Some have been playing for over fifty years and some for less than four years.
Over the years, the LCSO has performed at numerous nursing/retirement homes, the Holidome, Girard Park Recreation Center, Oil Center Christmas Light Festival, KATC TV’s “Good Morning Acadiana” Show, Foley’s Department Store, Barnes & Noble, First United Methodist Church of Crowley, Frist Baptist Church of Lafayette Chapel, the Lafayette Public Library, Notre Dame Catholic Church of St. Martinville, the Essanee Theater of New Iberia, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Lafayette. Current members are from Lafayette, Broussard, Carencro, Cecilia, Breaux Bridge, Duson, Crowley, Iowa (LA), New Iberia, and Amarillo (TX).