Weekly Memo

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Congratulations to all LYO members on a fantastic 58th season!

This will be your last weekly memo until our first rehearsal in September!

Don’t forget to register for a fall audition soon!


Audition information for our 2017-2018 season is now LIVE ON OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.LYO.ORG!  There are some significant changes to the way our registration process will work so be sure to read all information carefully!  Don’t miss out on what is shaping up to be a spectacular 59th season of the Louisville Youth Orchestra!

LYO is on ArtsMatch!

The LYO is one of the lucky organizations to have been awarded at project listing on ArtsMatch!  This project will support our new Chamber Ensemble program next season!  Every donation dollar given will be matched 100% with NO administrative fees deducted!  Please go to https://master-artists-chamber-players.everydayhero.com/us/master-artists-chamber-players to assist.  Let you family, friends, colleagues and co-workers know about this wonderful matching grant opportunity for our organization!  No gift is too small and, remember – ALL DONATIONS WILL BE MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR!  Thank you in advance for your support.

Support the LYO through the Fund for the Arts!

If you donate to the Fund for the Arts during their annual campaign you can elect to designate your gift to the LYO.  You can do this by using this link - https://fundforthearts.webconnex.com/2016Campaign.  You can indicate your desire to designate your gift to the LYO by going to the “Other Information” area and entering “Please designate my gift to the Louisville Youth Orchestra”.  Please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same!  Thank you!

Support Opportunities!

The Board and Staff pride themselves on keeping cost of LYO membership one of the lowest in the nation at $475.

The ACTUAL annual cost of membership in the LYO for one year is $1,400.

We are able to keep our membership fee low due to many types of fundraising, generous individual donors and corporate support.  There are additional ways in which parents can assist us.  Please review the opportunities below.  Thank you in advance for any additional help you can offer.

Family Sponsorship

Forms for Family Sponsorships will be available at your audition and are also online.  Family Sponsorships offer a range of premiums including free tickets, free CDs and prominent listing in all of our programs depending upon the size of your fully tax-deductible gift.

Kroger Supporter

Have a Kroger card in your wallet or on your keychain?

Use your Kroger Rewards Card when shopping at Kroger, support LYO. It's that simple.

If you don't yet have a Kroger Plus card, just ask a cashier for one on your next trip to Kroger.

Here's how to get started:

For those who DO have a Kroger Plus card, go to Kroger's Web site: www.kroger.com

If you already HAVE a Kroger.com account:

1) At the top of the main Web page, find and click on the word "Community" on the top right of the screen, just below the "Sign In" box.

2) Under the menu at the left side of the Community page, click on "Kroger Community Rewards". This will take you to the Community Rewards page.

3) At the bottom of the Kroger Community Rewards page, you will see a box for "ENROLL NOW". Click on the box.

4) On the next page, you can find LYO by typing our name, "Louisville Youth Orchestra", in the search box.

5) When Louisville Youth Orchestra appears on the list, select us by clicking the circle next to our name. Then click "Save" to save LYO as your designated organization.

6) Confirm that LYO is selected as your Community Rewards organization by checking your account profile.

That's it! Now every time you shop and use your Kroger Plus card, you'll be earning rewards for LYO.

If you DO NOT have a Kroger.com account, click on the "Register" button at the top right of the Kroger homepage. Then simply follow the instructions on the Web site to set up your account and then follow the above instructions to designate LYO as your Community Rewards organization.

Parent Network

Another way of keeping costs low for the LYO is the active support of parents in areas such as ticket sales, CD sales, concert help, rehearsal set-up/tear down assistance, music filing, etc., etc.  If you can offer just a few hours now and again we will not have to hire outside to complete these many tasks.  Please contact Ming Zhou, our Parent Network President at dong9699@hotmail.com.

Your Place of Business

If your place of business is willing to sponsor an activity, supply a scholarship, offer matching patron funds or purchase an ad in our programs please contact Melody Welsh-Buchholz, Executive Director at info@lyo.org.  We will be pleased to work with your company to tailor-fit an opportunity that works for them.


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