Since 1968, the Lima Area Youth Orchestra has brilliantly showcased the talent of our region’s most accomplished young musicians. The orchestra is comprised of approximately 80 students representing Lima, Wapakoneta, Celina, St. Marys, Elida, Findlay, Bluffton, Waynesfield, Ada, Ottoville and others.


The Lima Noon Optimists and the Lima Symphony Orchestra share a common passion regarding the development of young musicians and have co-sponsored the Lima Area Youth Orchestra for more than 40 years. They represent a bright future for our orchestra and our community. 

Dr. Sarah Waters
Generously Sponsored By:

The Youth Orchestra is under the direction of Conductor Dr. Sara Waters.

Dear Parents, Community Members, and LAYO Alumni,

This is to inform you that all activities for the Lima Area Youth Orchestra will be suspended until consensus is reached about returning to quality music-making in a safe, healthy, & responsible way. There will be a committee meeting in January to reassess our position on this.  In the meantime, I personally invite you to send your comments, concerns and suggestions to Mr. MacBenn (, and I will forward your information to the committee members.  It has been a pleasure to continue working with the outstanding families that LAYO has touched, and we can only hope that we will get back to some great music making in the near future.  You may also have noticed that we are working on our new and improved website, which we hope will be up and running soon.  Until then, please feel free to contact Mr. MacBenn with any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions.

Musically yours,

Dr. Sarah Waters & Mr. Joe MacBenn
Lima Symphony Orchestra


T:  419.222.5701

F:   419.222.6587

A:   1028 W. Market St.

      Lima, OH 45805 

Elizabeth Brown-Ellis, Executive Director


The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of our community, now and for future generations, through performance, education and community partnerships, while always maintaining a vigilant devotion to artistic and fiscal integrity.

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