About the LYO


It shall be the purpose of the Louisville Youth Orchestra 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.



Membership in the LYO is open to young musicians through 20 years old. There are members from more than 12 counties and 75 schools throughout Kentucky and Indiana.

Members must participate in their school instrumental music programs and take private music lessons.

The annual membership fee for 2021-2022 was $520. Scholarships for membership and private music lessons are available and awarded on the basis of need. There is a $100 discount for each additional member within a family through our sibling discount program.

All members must audition each year prior to placement. Entry is based on proficiency and not age. Learn more about
auditions here

Rehearsals for our 7 ensembles take place on Sunday afternoons at the St Matthews Pavilion and the Youth Performing Arts School. 




Orchestras & Ensembles
Young musicians can find an orchestra to fit their individual needs and interests. Each orchestra and ensemble is led by its own highly qualified conductor.

Symphony Orchestra - the most advanced, full orchestra of the LYO

Repertory Orchestra - intermediate to advanced full orchestra 

Concert Orchestra - intermediate string orchestra 

Serenade Orchestra - entry-level string orchestra

Percussion Ensemble - Students in percussion ensemble can also place into the percussion sections of Symphony and Repertory Orchestras, with occasional opportunities for performing with Concert and Serenade Orchestras.

Horizons Ensembles - developing brass and woodwind ensembles

We would love to see you in the LYO!

The LYO creates a musical education experience and discipline that nurtures a lifelong love of music and creates community. Over 100 hours of rehearsal and instruction are provided each season in addition to performance opportunities. Learn more about auditions and join the LYO!