We view diversity as a strength when LYO students, staff, board and audience mirror the richness and differences of the wider community surrounding us. This includes race, ethnicity, nationality, cultural background and faith tradition, as well as gender identity, socioeconomic status, ability, neurodiversity, age, and sexual orientation. We also celebrate diversity through music that represents a broad spectrum of instrumental genres, time periods, cultures and composers.
LYO serves student musicians aged 7–20 and offers 8 ensembles from entry-level to advanced. We present 8-12 concerts per year andprovide more than 13,000 cummulative educational hours.
In 2021-22, students from 76 schools participated, representing 13 counties throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana. More than 25% of students received need-based scholarships.
21% grades 1-7
47% grades 8-10
30% grades 11-12
We believe in the power of music to create community and establish a true sense of belonging for all who participate.
0.5% - American Indian or Alaska Native
1% - Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
8% - Hispanic or Latinx
10% - Two or more ethnic origins or race
17.5% - Black or African American
18% - Asian
52% - White, Non-Hispanic