The LYO was founded in 1958 and provides an extraordinary experience for young musicians. It is made up of several orchestras and ensembles. Students advance based on ability and areas of interest. The LYO includes student musicians from many schools and counties in the Louisville and southern Indiana metro area. Performance opportunities take place from September through May each year. Please also check out the LYO video and past season highlights.

We believe in the LYO mission of providing a musical experience of the highest quality for ALL dedicated young musicians and to provide meaningful and artistic education programs for young audiences throughout our diverse communities. LYO musicians are required to participate in their school instrumental music programs and take private music instruction. Financial scholarships for instruction are available and awarded based on need. 

Upcoming Events



Russian Legends

Performance by Symphony, Repertory, Concert, and Serenade Orchestras 

7 PM 

see Season Schedule for details





Concert for Middle Schools

Performance by Symphony Orchestra

10:30 AM

see Season Schedule for details

No Business Like 'Snow' Business

Performance by Repertory Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Serenade Orchestra, Horizons Winds, Horizons Brass, and Percussion Ensemble 

4 PM 

see Season Schedule for details












Students of all levels and ages are highly encouraged to join the LYO.  Ensemble placement is based on ability instead of age.

Thank You for Your Support!


Online contributions are greatly appreciated. You can charge a gift of any amount to most bank cards or to PayPal. Click the Donate button to begin a secure transaction.  If you prefer, you can also set up a monthly recurring donation charged to PayPal.  See more ways to help on the 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. Click here to view the LYO’s full charity report.

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

Prelude, continued (up to $99)

Evan Keeton

Drs. Cecilia Huerta-Lauf and

Adrian Lauf

Linette Lowe

Rhonda Towler Lyons

Laura Martin

Reed and Jan Martin

Scott L Meyer Jr

Rhonda Payne

Jeff and Mary Afton Payne

Diane Rowley

Olivia Sargent

Milan Savkovich

Hannah Schardein

Jonah Sorenson

Suzanne Thornberry

Evan and Laura Vicic

Madelyn Walker

Joseph Lord and Brandy Warren

Paula Wright

Lauren Zachry-Reynolds


In-Kind Services and Partnerships

Gheens Foundation

Instrumental Partners

Kentucky Performing Arts

Louisville Ballet

Louisville Collegiate School

Louisville Orchestra

Louisville Public Media

Youth Performing Arts School

+ Family sponsorships

Harmony ($250-$499)

Joe and Panaena Bina +

Jessica Caballero

Charles and Rebecca Christensen +


Bruce and Donna Livers +

Darlene Livers +

Phil and Stephanie Martin

Mark and Heather Willis +

Melanie Vittitow +

Melody ($100-$249)

Anonymous (2)

Teddy Abrams

Swapna and Manoj Chandran

Sonya Cook

Mrs. Thelma G. Gault

Theresia Hartz

Christine Loehrlein

Ruth Ann Meade

Michael Rihn

Michelle Winters


Prelude (up to $99)

Anonymous (3)

Elizabeth Bell

Amber Burke

Libbi Caines

David Darst

JuliAnna Hanig

Helen and Dennis Hogan

Dawn Howard

Ravishankar Jayaram

David Jones

Chuck Keeton

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

Evelyn Loehrlein and Sidney King

Vaughn Petitt 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 +

Dr. Jimica Howard 

Ben Keeton

Mary Alice Keeton

Sang Y. Park and Minjung Ko +

Janet Leon and Imad Makdah +

Megan Renwick

Ty and Mary Richardson +

The Yu Family +


The LYO depends on the generosity of patrons to make programming possible. We are grateful to all private contributors as well as the following agencies for helping to make this season successful:

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..

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

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