The LYO, founded in 1958, provides an extraordinary musical experience for young people from grade school through age 21. This season the LYO is made up of three orchestras and various ensembles in which students advance according to their own musical progression and interests. There are musicians from diverse schools and counties in the Louisville & Southern Indiana metro area.


Musicians are required to participate in their school instrumental music programs and must take private music instruction. Financial scholarships for instruction are available and awarded based on need. Performance opportunities provide a wide range of meaningful experiences from September through May each year.  Potential members, families, patrons, media, and others can view the LYO's current video and Season Highlights for 2019-20.

Playing Safe

Dear LYO Parents and Members,

I'm sure you have been following the Governor's mandates pertaining to curbing the current COVID-19 escalation.  The 25 person limit on venues and locations will necessitate a few changes for the LYO for our November 22, December 6 rehearsals and our December 13 holiday performance.

If you are a member of Renaissance Orchestra, Camerata Orchestra or Esprit Orchestra please be alert for some adjustments in your schedule.  We will get this information out to you as soon as possible.  We will still be meeting on Sunday afternoon but your rehearsal time frame may be slightly different.

If you are a member of the Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble or Percussion Ensemble your schedule remains the same as you fall below the 25 person limit on venue activity.

Once again, thank you so much for your flexibility as the LYO finds its way though this current storm.  Your continued support and dedication to the LYO keeps the spirits of our staff and board high when faced with these sudden, swift changes in our plans.

We appreciate each and every one of you!

Melody Welsh-Buchholz
Executive Director

Thanks 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.  Please designate any preference in how your donation is acknowledged.


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 62nd season.

Harmony ($250-$499)

Jessica Caballero *

Swapna & Manoj Chandran +

Michelle Cull +

Kevin & Ellie Pots +

Melanie Vittitow

J Scott Carothers Living Trust

Russell Saunders


Melody ($100-$249)
Christy Elaine Schneider *
GE Foundation
Sharon David
Jeanne Vuturo
Amy Beth Inc.
Gene P. Gardner
Hathaway & Clark Funeral Home
Rodney Henderson
John Buchino
Milan & Carol Savkovich
Pamela Mullins
Bruce & Marcia Roth
June Hampe
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Tanguay
Renaissance Charitable Foundation


Symphony ($10,000 +)
Parent Network
The Cory Foundation

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

Fanfare ($1,000-$4,999)
JCPS Employees *
Evelyn Loerhlein & Sidney King
Melody Welsh & Dennis Buchholz

Rhapsody ($500-$999)
Megan Renwick & Norm Epley
Ben Keeton
Kroger Merchant Program
Medical News
John McCall
Ty and Mary Richardson +
Janet Leon +
The Bouchard Family +
Jan Hunter
Brent & Glenda Garrett


Prelude (up to $99)
Jeff McCaffrey *
Kristina Richards *
Cindy Jacobs
Robert & Jan Gray
Linda Ratti
Reed & Janice Martin

In-Kind Services
Louisville Ballet

Fund for the Arts Partnership Gift *
Family Sponsorship Gift +

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.

LOUISVILLE YOUTH ORCHESTRA    P.O.Box 997     Louisville, KY 40201-0997     (502) 896-1851     info@lyo.org   

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