About 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 up to 21 years old. There are members from more than 12 counties and dozens of schools.

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

The annual membership fee is $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 rebate program.

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

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.

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
Ensembles dedicated to advancing the ability level of various instrumental families. Our Horizons ensembles currently include a brass ensemble and a wind ensemble.



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.