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The LYO was founded in 1958 and provides an extraordinary experience for young musicians. It is made up of several orchestras and ensembles. Students advance based on ability and areas of interest. The LYO includes student musicians from many schools and counties in the Louisville and southern Indiana metro area. Performance opportunities take place from September through May each year. Please also check out the LYO video and past season highlights.

We believe in the LYO mission of providing a musical experience of the highest quality for ALL dedicated young musicians and to provide meaningful and artistic education programs for young audiences throughout our diverse communities. LYO musicians are required to participate in their school instrumental music programs and take private music instruction. Financial scholarships for instruction are available and awarded based on need.







And They're Off!

4:00 PM / All LYO ensembles

Iroquois Amphitheatre

1080 Amphitheater Rd

Louisville, KY 40214

Read about auditions for next season and sign up now to receive Audition Alerts on how to prepare and apply.

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Students of all levels and ages are highly encouraged to join the LYO.  Ensemble placement is based on ability instead of age.

Upcoming Events

And They’re Off!

Pops Concert Series II / Sunday, May 1 / Iroquois Amphitheater / 4:00 pm / FREE Admission with Derby Pin

  Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Serenade Orchestra,

  Horizons Wind Ensemble, Horizons Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Presto! Strings


Symphony Orchestra onstage at Iroquois Amphitheatre in a prior concert.


All LYO orchestras and ensembles combine for an uplifting pops concert at the Iroquois Amphitheatre. This annual event has grown over the years as people from across the community look forward to a spirited afternoon featuring amazing (and entertaining) young talent playing familiar music.


The concert a Kentucky Derby Festival Event with FREE admission for all those wearing a Pegasus Pin. Itis a popular event for families and for introducing friends to the LYO

The Iroquois concert is also the time when we bid farewell and honor our graduating seniors.  Over recent years 100% of graduates have gone on to college!

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Titans, Gods, Giants

Classical Concert Series III / Sunday, March 20, 2022 / Brown Theater

  Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble


Kaylynn Li, Concertmistress and winner of the 2021-22 Concerto Competition, performed Mendelssohn's Concerto in E minor, op.64, Allegro.with the Symphony Orchestra, Doug Elmore, conductor and music director.


Symphony Orchestra lower brass

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Scott Joplin (1868-1917)  was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin is also known as the "King of Ragtime" because of the fame achieved for his ragtime compositions, music that was born out of the African-American community.

The Entertainer was composed in 1902 and was a huge success with the general public. It is now considered a jazz standard and an orchestration was presented by the Symphony Orchestra.


Repertory Orchestra, Ian Elmore, conductor, included a work by Ukranian

composer Myroslav Skoryk in respect for the country's strength and perseverance. 


The Percussion Ensemble, Mark Tate, conductor, rocked the house.

Thank You 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. 


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 individual contributors as well as the following agencies for helping to make this season successful:

Louisville Youth Orchestra programming is also made possible in part through critical support from the Fund For The Arts and its generous donors.

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The LYO Presto! Strings Program is supported through a community-driven external agency grant from Metro Louisville.

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

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..

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