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Endowments have been established to enable contributions that help protect the future of the LYO and preserve the important programs that have been established.  Monies received are prudently invested and all interest or dividends are either reinvested or used to support specific purposes such as providing scholarships.  Some endowments also serve as a remembrance of people who have helped the LYO become what it is today.

An Endowed Chair Program is designed to endow selected chairs within the Symphony Orchestra. Patrons have a person's name (or an organization's name) permanently affiliated with the selected chair and receive free tickets to all concerts, free CDs of all performances, a prominent listing in all programs on a permanent basis, and press releases of the endowment. Cost of sponsorship is $25,000 for the Music Director’s chair, $10,000 for any principal chair, $5,000 for any non-principal chair.

Tax deductible contributions should be made payable to the LYO Endowment Fund.  Please let us know which endowment fund you wish to support and 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 donation through PayPal or your credit card:

See LYO Privacy Policy regarding information provided to LYO.

Scholarship Endowment Fund

This fund was established more than ten years ago to specifically preserve and support LYO scholarships for young musicians without the means to pay membership tuition and/or take private music lessons.  More than 20% if LYO members benefit from such financial assistance.  This helps LYO maintain inclusivity and minimize financial barriers to membership.

The Maestro Rubin Sher Concertmaster Chair 

This fund was established in 2013 to honor the co-founder of the Louisville Youth Orchestra.  Maestro Sher served as Music Director from 1958 to 1975 and his death in October, 2013, is mourned by the many musicians whose lives he touched and inspired.  Upon reaching a goal of $25,000 the Concertmaster chair will be permanently endowed in his honor and the proceeds will continue to nurture young musicians through the Scholarship Endowment Fund.

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