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, especially 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! 

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.

Activities   

 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

 

Eligibility
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.

Auditions

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

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

Cost

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.

Last year over 200 students from around the region learned new music and made 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 info@lyo.org with any questions.

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