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Louisville Youth Orchestra

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


Box 997Louisville, KY 40201 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a musical experience of the highest quality for all dedicated young musicians and to provide artful and meaningful education programs for young audiences throughout our diverse communities regardless of race, gender, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural heritage or economic circumstance.

Our vision is to offer a superior orchestral experience to any young musician who wishes to participate and to expand our performance reach to diverse communities with an emphasis on youth audiences. We are committed to providing a means of participation for any child by addressing all barriers including economic circumstances and physical challenges. We plan to accomplish this vision by continuing to offer beginning string programs throughout the area and to develop an infrastructure to accommodate these and all other musicians as they continue to perfect their art. As we continue to grow in size we also envision artistic growth via higher quality performances of increasingly more challenging musical material.


The Louisville Youth Orchestra was founded in 1958 and is one of the oldest continuously operating youth orchestras in the nation. Our members include students from Jefferson and sixteen surrounding counties (including Southern Indiana) between ages five to twenty-one who perform in one of two full orchestras, two string ensembles, a beginning string program (100% poverty level), a flute ensemble, saxophone ensemble, brass ensemble, tuba/euphonium ensemble or one of two percussion ensembles. Each string ensemble offers an increasing range of expertise and ability level from beginners to pre-professionals. Our wind ensembles are designed to prepare students for membership in one of our two, top level, full orchestras. Our percussion ensembles are dedicated to providing supplemental educational and performance experience. The LYO has a 37% minority mix and now provides scholarships based on need to 26% of its members. The LYO draws members from 77 schools (up from 60 last season) across the region. The LYO performs at a variety of locations throughout the areas and is dedicated to offering performances to Metro-Louisville and surrounding counties.


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