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, visit our social media, and check out the 21-22 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. 



Dec 11 - Holiday Legends, Lights, and Lore featuring Repertory Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Serenade Orchestra, Horizons Winds, Horizons Brass, and Percussion Ensemble


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 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.

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