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The LYO is proud to serve over 250 students from a dozen counties in the region! We want YOU in the youth orchestra.

The mission of the Louisville Youth Orchestra is to fuel the passion and growth of young musicians through extraordinary musical experiences. LYO ensembles include 2 full orchestras, 2 string orchestras, and 4 chamber ensembles for strings, winds, brass, and percussion, as well as 2 beginning strings programs. Performance opportunities featuring a wide range of repertoire take place September through May.

The Louisville Youth Orchestra was founded in 1958. We invite you to learn more about the LYO, see the LYO video, and visit our social media. You can also check out the 21-22 season highlights.

We aim to be an inclusive community for musical enrichment and personal growth. The LYO strives to break down barriers to student participation. Generous scholarships are available each year and are awarded based on need. 



Feb 8 - Gheens Great Expectations featuring Symphony Orchestra in a free and unticketed side-by-side concert with the Louisville Orchestra

March 12 - From Words to Music

featuring Serenade Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and Horizons Winds and Brass

March 19 - New Creations

featuring Repertory Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, plus a Kentucky premiere of Cold Mountain, a suite for orchestra by Jennifer Higdon

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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.

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Louisville Youth Orchestra programming is made possible in part with the support from the generous donors to the Fund For The Arts.

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

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

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