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2016-17 Season

Each year the LYO reflects on the season just ended to ensure that it accomplished the objectives set forth in our strategic plan and supported our mission to, "provide a musical experience of the highest quality for all dedicated young musicians and to provide artful and meaningful education programs for young audiences throughout our diverse communities regardless of race, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or economic circumstances.


The 2016-17 season was distinguished by outstanding performances and several important community activities:

November 20, 2016

November 21, 2016

December 4, 2016

December 11, 2016

February 8, 2017

February 25, 2017

March 1, 2017

March 4, 2017

March 5, 2017

March 25, 2017



March 26, 2017

April 30, 2017

Ex Machina

Classical Concert Series

Building the Orchestral Machine

Discovery Concert Series

Something Old, Something New
Classical Concert Series

A Bluegrass Holiday
Pops Concert Series

Light and Dark
Discovery Concert Series

Retirement Home Tour

Youth Engaging Seniors (YES!) Series

Middle School Tour

Peers Engaging Peers (PEP!) Series

Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Classical Concert Series

Epic Tales
Classical Concert Series

Potluck and Free Concert

Americana World Community Center


Dance Revolution
Classical Concert Series

And They’re Off!
Pops Concert Series

Season opener at the Brown Theater for an audience of more than 500. people.

Free concert at the Brown Theater for more than 1,300 middle school students.  Educational syllabus provided to teachers.

Concert at North Oldham High School Auditorium inviting new concertgoers from Oldham County


.A Holiday concert at the Brown Theater featuring seasonal music with broad public appeal.

A free concert at Whitney Hall with the LYO playing side-by-side with the Louisville Orchestra.  Sponsored by the Gheens Foundation.

A tour to four retirement homes by our youngest string ensemble.

A tour to three middle schools with a side-by-side orchestra component.  Concerts for full student body at each location.


A classical concert at Western Middle School attracting an under-served audience of more than 300 concertgoers.

A classical concert at Western Middle School attracting an under-served audience of more than 300 concertgoers.

A potluck dinner and free concert  presented by the LYO, the Backside Learning and Americana World Community Center.

A classical concert at the Brown Theater including choreographed dance.

A free public concert at the Iroquois Amphitheater featuring all LYO ensembles as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival.


Following our remarkable 2016-2017 season the LYO welcomed Doug Elmore as Music Director and Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.  The LYO was also pleased to announce Felipe Morales-Torres as Conductor of the Repertory Orchestra.  As the Horizons instrumental ensembles continue to grow the LYO was also delighted to welcome three remarkable new Coaches:  Katherine Alberts (double reed), Sheri Davino (flutes), and Jacob Duncan (single reeds). 


The 2016-17 season was highly successful in terms of artistic accomplishment, community impact, and financial performance.  Total income was $382,051 and total expenses were $375,154.  Most importantly, 80% of income went directly to education and production.  Ending net assets were $402,801.

The Louisville Youth Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) organization and our Federal Tax ID is 61-0597184.  We file an IRS Form 990 and conduct an audit each year, both of which can be viewed on Guidestar.

We are extremely grateful to all those who make the LYO possible:

  • Our patrons who support our programming and enable us to ensure that there are no financial barriers to membership.

  • The families who tirelessly support the development of our members and the operations of our organization.

  • The private teachers and school music programs that nurture the training of our members and their enthusiasm for orchestral music.

  • Our incredible staff:  Melody Welsh, Executive Director; Doug Elmore, Music Director; and all the talented people who conduct and support our remarkable young musicians.

  • Our Board of Directors for their dedication, insight, and contributions to the success of our organization.


It was a memorable year and we look forward to another stunning season next year!

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