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The LYO, founded in 1958, provides an extraordinary musical experience for young people from grade school through age 21. This season the LYO is made up of three orchestras and various ensembles in which students advance according to their own musical progression and interests. There are musicians from diverse schools and counties in the Louisville & Southern Indiana metro area.


Musicians are required to participate in their school instrumental music programs and must take private music instruction. Financial scholarships for instruction are available and awarded based on need. Performance opportunities provide a wide range of meaningful experiences from September through May each year.  Potential members, families, patrons, media, and others can view the LYO's current video.and Season Highlights for 2019-20.

Dear LYO Parents, Members and Instructors,

The first rehearsal of the Louisville Youth Orchestra is Sunday, September 20 – AND IT IS IN-PERSON!  Rumors are circulating that arts groups in Metro-Louisville are or will be going dark for the season.  While in some cases this may be happening – IT IS NOT THE CASE FOR THE LYO!

After five months of careful, concise planning we are ready to launch our 62nd season.  Our year will be a mix of in-person and on-line activities, new rehearsal locations and video-taped performances.

Our Re-Opening Plan has been filed with the Governor’s Health and Safety Committee and includes social-distancing, pristine conditions and additional support staff to keep all members safe.

Our Serenade and Concert Orchestras will have a new rehearsal home at DanceLouisville (8023 Catherine Lane, Louisville, KY  40222) – a dedicated space with extremely low traffic for enhanced safety.  Our Repertory, Symphony and Horizons Ensembles will be located at the St. Matthews Pavilion (4121 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY  40207) and enjoy no less than six large rooms in which to spread out, stay safe and make great music.

Until concert halls re-open and audiences are welcomed back, we will be video-taping our performances in quality settings in order for parents and audience members to have a record of the event.

In addition, for a small fee, our members have the option of signing up for Music Theory and Music History classes.  These ten-week courses will add much to the existing educational value of our organization.

Members will also enjoy FREE twice-monthly, on-line masterclasses with nationally renowned artists from major symphony orchestras and many with acclaimed solo careers.

So……what are you waiting for?  It’s time to register for your on-line audition and become a part of this great musical family.

Go to and follow the instructions.  We’ve made it easier than ever to join!

Come Grow With Us!

Melody Welsh-Buchholz
Executive Director
Louisville Youth Orchestra 




Preview of 2020-21 Season

Classical Series


Great Struggles, Great Triumphs

Sunday, November 15, 2020

4:00 pm

Location TBA


A Little Song and Dance

Sunday, November 22, 2020

4:00 pm

Location TBA


American Masters

Sunday, March 7, 2021

4:00 pm

Brown Theater

(with guest artist, Christian Howes)

(Grammy Award winning jazz violinist)


Old and New Friends

Sunday March 14 or March 21, 2021

4:00 pm

Location TBA

Pops Series


Mistletoe, Merriment and Miracles

Sunday, December 13, 2020

4:00 pm

Location TBA


And They’re Off!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

4:00 pm

Iroquois Amphitheater



Discovery Series

From Many, One

Monday, March 8, 2021

10:30 am

Brown Theater                     

Come Grow With Us!

We understand audiences are thinking carefully about future performance ticket purchases.  The LYO wants you to know that as we navigate this difficult period the safety of our students, parents, audience and staff is uppermost in our minds.  We will be confirming locations with the utmost care.


Music is a pathway which kindles our passions, expands our curiosity and links us to our community, world and each other.  The LYO has chosen to highlight each of our concerts with a least one minority composer in an effort to bring us all closer together during our 62nd consecutive season. 


We can’t wait to see you back at our exceptional Louisville Youth Orchestra performances offered by our phenomenal student artists.  We look ahead to brighter days filled with great music, fun and time spent with those who bring you joy.  We will be adding concert locations and additional particulars about our events as the days move forward.  We also have a plan in place to video our performances should circumstances dictate that concerts halls be closed.  You will have the opportunity to hear and see these fantastic youth musicians even if not live.  Please check back for more details

Thanks for Your Support


Online contributions are greatly appreciated.  You can charge a gift of any amount to most bank cards or to PayPal.  Click the Donate button to begin a secure transaction.  If you prefer, you can also set up a monthly recurring donation charged to PayPal.  See more ways to help on the Be a Patron page.  Please designate any preference in how your donation is acknowledged.


The Louisville Youth Orchestra has met the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a BBB Accredited Charity.  Click here to view the LYO’s full charity report.

The LYO depends on the generosity of patrons to make programming possible. We are grateful to all private contributors as well as the following agencies for helping to make this season successful:

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Louisville Youth Orchestra with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts..

The Louisville Youth Orchestra is made possible in part with the support from the generous donors to the Fund For The Arts.

The League of American Orchestras is dedicated to helping orchestras meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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