Audition for the 2022-2023 Season

The LYO includes 8 ensembles that serve a wide range of skill levels from beginner to advanced and nearly everything in between.


Only 3 steps are needed to audition:

1 - select excerpts from the audition packets

2 - submit Audition Registration Form below 

3 - pay Audition Fee below

Our acceptance rates are high so we encourage you to register to audition! Auditions help our directors place students in the appropriate ensemble. All returning LYO students audition each year. In Sept/Oct, membership fees will be then be due.

After registering, you will receive an audition date and tentative time by email. These include Aug 27—strings, Aug 28—winds/brass, Sept 3—strings, and Sept 4—winds/brass/strings, plus 1 additional pending date.​


Questions? Contact or 502-896-1851.


STEP 1 - Choose your excerpts 

Auditions include 2 music excerpts, a scale, and short sight reading. Learn more and access excerpt previews here:

Strings Excerpts

Winds & Brass Excerpts

Percussion Excerpts

Harp & Piano Excerpts


STEP 2 - Submit Audition Registration Form

Auditions will be scheduled on a rolling basis. We encourage you to register as soon as you know you plan to audition.

Note for families with auditioning siblings: entries are saved between sessions on the same computer.

Scholarship Applications
Generous need-based scholarships are available to assist with the cost of membership and private music instruction.


To apply for a need-based scholarship, complete and submit a Scholarship Application  between September 5-25, 2022.


STEP 3 - Pay Audition Fee

Audition fees should be paid the same day as Audition Registration Forms are submitted. Thank you!

Pay by card via the link below using Square.      LYO Privacy Policy

Audition Fee (until Aug 29) - $35

or pay by check

Checks payable to the Louisville Youth Orchestra can be mailed to:

Louisville Youth Orchestra

P.O. Box 997

Louisville, KY 40201-0997

Please indicate "audition fee" and the student's name.

We encourage you to register and pay for auditions before Aug 29.

The Audition Fee is $35

if paid by August 29.

After August 29, the audition fee increases to $50 due to the work related to last-minute registration, so please don't wait to sign up! 

Thank you for signing up to audition! We can't wait to see you there.


You will receive an email from LYO staff in the coming weeks regarding your audition registration. If you have questions, please reach out to or call 502-896-1851.