About LYO

Mission

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

    

Eligibility
Membership in the LYO is open to young musicians up to 21 years old. There are members from more than 12 counties and dozens of schools.

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

Costs
The annual membership fee is $520 for members of the Renaissance Orchestra, Camerata Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Horizons Ensembles. 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 rebate program.

Auditions
All members must audition each year prior to placement. Entry is based solely on proficiency and not age.

Rehearsals
Rehearsals take place at the St. Matthews Pavilion. 

 

Activities   

         

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.

Renaissance Orchestra

The most advanced, full orchestra ensemble of the LYO, performing the most challenging literature possible, held to professional standards

Camerata Orchestra
An ensemble of experienced musicians performing advanced string orchestra literature 

Esprit Orchestra
An orchestra of intermediate-level musicians performing age-appropriate string orchestra literature..

Percussion Ensemble

Percussion-only ensemble which performs exceptional musical works for the entire range of percussion instruments including keyboard.

Horizons
Ensembles dedicated to advancing the ability level of various instrumental families. Our Horizons ensembles currently include a Brass Ensemble and a Wind Ensemble.

 

Programs

Each orchestra has numerous performances in a variety of locations each season. There are sometimes opportunities to work with guest artists and to perform new compositions. (Please see our schedule for specific dates and times.)

We would love to see you in the LYO!

The LYO creates a musical education experience and discipline that nurtures a lifelong love and respect for the arts. Over 100 hours of rehearsal and instruction are provided each season in addition to performance opportunities.  Please contact the LYO office if you would like to sit in on a rehearsal. Rehearsal location is:

St. Matthews Pavilion, 4121 Shelbyville Rd (between Thierman Lane and Sears Ave)

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

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