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

We want YOU to audition! Sign up for audition alerts to learn when you can begin to 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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    Concert Orchestra

    Serenade Orchestra


    Master Artists

    Horizons Winds

    Horizons Brass


    Percussion Ensemble

Thank You for Your Support!

Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated. The LYO depends on the generosity of patrons like you to make programming possible. In an organization of our size, any gift from an individual, foundation, or business can truly make an impact. To learn more about giving opportunities, sponsorships, or recurring giving, please contact LYO Executive Director Alissa Brody at or 502-896-1851, and we welcome you to visit our Be a Patron page.


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

The Louisville Youth Orchestra sincerely thanks the following individuals, foundations, and businesses for their support of our 63rd season in 2021-2022.

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 check out the LYO video and 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. 

Symphony ($10,000 +)

Fund For The Arts

Kentucky Arts Council

Metro Louisville Government


Concerto ($5,000-$9,999)

The Cory Foundation

Ed Klein

Paul and Judy Shoemaker


Fanfare ($1,000-$4,999)

Jim and Ginger Welch Charity Fund

Ben Keeton

Evelyn Loehrlein and Sidney King

Parent Network

Republic Bank *

Kyle and Katherine Vaughn

Vaughn Pettit Legal Group PLLC


Rhapsody ($500-$999)

Dr. Thomas and Amanda Altstadt +

Lori Ball–Torus Investments LLC +

Drs. Timothy and Tracilia Beacham +

Justin and Kristen Bouchard +

Scott Carothers

Brent Garrett and Glenda Marker

Dr. Jimica Howard 

Mary Alice Keeton

Sang Y. Park and Minjung Ko +


Janet Leon and Imad Makdah +

John McCall

Ben McClave

Northrup Equine, Dr. Foster Northrup

Megan Renwick and Norm Epley

Ty and Mary Richardson +

The Vessels-Conrad Charitable Gift Fund

Evelyn and Ronald Vaughn

The Yu Family +


Prelude, continued (up to $99)

David Darst

Janet Day

Brian Gatewood

JuliAnna Hannig

Ms. Dorcas S Harris

Brigitte Heppermann

Samantha and Todd Hester

Helen and Dennis Hogan

Colin Holter

Dawn Howard

David Jones

Chuck Keeton

Evan Keeton

Katie Kmetz

Emily Krasinski

Drs. Cecilia Huerta-Lauf and

Adrian Lauf

Chris Lerner

Christy Livers

Linette Lowe

Rhonda Towler Lyons

Carter Martin

Laura Martin

Reed and Jan Martin

Scott L Meyer Jr

Andrew Miller

Parocco Family

Rhonda Payne

Liz and Timothy Popham

Jayaram Ravishankar

Diane Rowley

Olivia Sargent

Milan Savkovich

Hannah Schardein

Jonah Sorenson

Todd and Leslie Swanson

Suzanne Thornberry

Colin Vaughn

Evan and Laura Vicic

Madelyn and Paul Walker

JP Ward

Joseph Lord and Brandy Warren

Paula Wright

Lauren Zachry-Reynolds


In-Kind Services and Partnerships

Robert J. Crook, Small Business Solutions, LLC

Gheens Foundation

Instrumental Partners

Kentucky Performing Arts

Louisville Ballet

Louisville Collegiate School

Louisville Orchestra

Louisville Public Media

Youth Performing Arts School

+ Family sponsorships

* One Child/One Year sponsorship 

Harmony ($250-$499)

Anonymous (1)

ApotheCARE Pharmacy IV/Janice and Gary Hamm

Joe and Panaena Bina +

Sarah Binford

Jessica Caballero

Charles and Rebecca Christensen +

The Caroline Christian Foundation

Sharon David, honoring Sophia and Daphne Altstadt

Kimberly Guelda

Bruce and Donna Livers +

Darlene Livers +

Phil and Stephanie Martin

Russell and Terri Saunders

Ray and Jessica Schaaf

Dale Skaggs

Mark and Heather Willis +

Melanie Vittitow +

Melody ($100-$249)

Anonymous (3)

Teddy Abrams

Selcuk Arkun

Joseph Blitzko

Dr. and Mrs. John J. Buchino

Terrie Burgan

Swapna and Manoj Chandran

Sonya Cook

Tom and Janice Donan

Nancy Adams Drye

Gene P. Gardner

Mrs. Thelma G. Gault

June Hampe

Theresia Hartz

Rodney Henderson

Christine Loehrlein

Robert M Lukes and Anita Goetz

Ruth Ann Meade

Jeff and Mary Afton Payne

Kristina Richards

Michael Rihn

Mary and Joseph Rotella

Marcia and Bruce Roth

Ellen and Max Shapira

Camille Wagner

Michelle Winters


Prelude (up to $99)

Anonymous (4)

Erin Adams

Carolyn Altstadt

Bonnie Avery

Baird Foundation

Elizabeth Bell

Heather Bell

The Biggs Family

Amy C. Britton

Amber Burke

Libbi Caines

Martha Cockerel

Anne Crutcher

April Dannelly-Schenck

The LYO also 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.