Auditions for the 2022-2023 season take place in late August and early September. Learn more here.

We want YOU to audition! Students may now register and access next season's audition materials. Students of all ages are encouraged to audition. Auditions are important for placing students in the correct level of ensemble.


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    Repertory Orchestra


    Concert Orchestra

    Serenade Orchestra


    Master Artists

    Horizons Winds

    Horizons Brass


    Percussion Ensemble

Founded in 1958, the Louisville Youth Orchestra provides an extraordinary musical experience for students in the region. The LYO includes 4 orchestras and several chamber ensembles. Performance opportunities take place from September through May. We invite you to learn about the LYO, see the LYO video and check out the 2021-2022 season highlights.

We believe in providing a musical experience of the highest quality for all dedicated young musicians as well as meaningful and artistic education programs for young audiences throughout our diverse communities. LYO musicians are expected to participate in their school instrumental music program and take private music lessons. Generous scholarships are available and awarded based on need. 

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The Louisville Youth Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and has met the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. The LYO is a BBB Accredited Charity.  View the LYO’s full charity report.

The LYO benefits from critical professional and/or financial support from the following agencies:

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Louisville Youth Orchestra with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Louisville Youth Orchestra programming is also made possible through significant operating support from the Fund For The Arts and its generous donors.

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The LYO Presto! Strings Program is supported through a community-driven external agency grant from Metro Louisville.

The League of American Orchestras is dedicated to helping orchestras meet the challenges of the 21st century.