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About the LYO

Founded in 1958, the Louisville Youth Orchestra (LYO) is a nonprofit organization that offers an engaging and enriching instrumental ensemble experience to nurture a lifelong love of music and create community among student musicians. We invite you to watch our video below or check out recent season highlights. Learn more about auditions and join the LYO! 


The mission of the LYO is to fuel the passion and growth of young musicians through extraordinary musical experiences.


There are ensembles to fit all levels of preparation from beginner to advanced. 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

Horizons Ensembles - developing brass and woodwind ensembles

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.



Membership in the LYO is open to young musicians through 20 years old. There are members from more than a dozen counties and 78 schools throughout Kentucky and Indiana.


All members must audition each year prior to placement. Entry is based on proficiency rather than age. Learn more about auditions here

Members are expected to participate in their school instrumental music programs and take private music lessons. LYO offers need-based scholarships to assist with the cost of private music lessons.

Rehearsals for our 8 ensembles take place on Sunday afternoons at the St Matthews Pavilion and the Youth Performing Arts School. 


The membership fee for 2022-2023 is $550 total. Generous scholarships are available to assist with the cost of membership and awarded on the basis of need. There is also a $100 discount for each additional participating member within a family.

Join the 250+ LYO students from around the region who are learning new music and making new friends in the LYO.  We would love to welcome you to the LYO this year!

Please also check out the videos below and reach out to with any questions.

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LYO 2019 Promo Video_FINAL-Graded v2
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