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Endowment Drive

Fifty-five years of musical excellence is just the overture!

Please be with us for the standing ovation!


Our young musicians are counting on you

Tax deductible contributions should be made payable to the LYO Endowment Fund.

Please let us know your name or your company name as you wish it to appear in all programs and publicity.


Mail your check to:

LYO:Endowment Fund

PO Box 997

Louisville, KY 40201-0997


Or make a secure, online donaion through PayPal or your credit card below.

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The Maestro Rubin Sher Endowed Principal Oboe Chair has been established to honor the co-founder and Music Director of the Louisville Youth Orchestra from 1958 to 1975. His death in October, 2013 is mourned by the many musicians whose lives he touched and inspired.


If you wish, please notate your contributiom to the LYO Endowment Fund in his honor.  Contributions will be continued until the goal of $10,000 is reached.

Did you know the LYO ...

  • has nearly 350 members from seventeen counties and sixty-two schools in the Kentuckiana area?

  • the LYO performs in over fifteen locations and concerts around Kentucky and Indiana on a yearly basis?

  • that 25 percent of the professional musicians in the Louisville Orchestra are graduates of the Louisville Youth Orchestra?

  • Is the longest continuously operating youth orchestra of its size according to the League of American Orchestras ... 55 years this season

  • has over 5,000 alumni to its credit.

  • maintains a 30% ethnic mix in its four orchestras.

  • provides 20% of its membership with scholarships for private music instruction and membership fee waivers based solely on financial need.

  • has commissioned more new works than any other youth orchestra of its size according to the League of American Orchestras.

  • has maintained a fiscally responsible budget for over five decades.

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