The Kosair Charities Arts Education Award: Louisville Youth Orchestra

This award recognizes an organization that educates and inspires Louisville’s children through arts access and engagement—The Louisville Youth Orchestra (LYO). The 2018-2019 season marks the 60th year for the LYO which began in Fall 1958 as an outgrowth of a six-week summer orchestral program sponsored by the Louisville Academy of Music. Today, the orchestra has over 350 members and draws students from 17 counties in the Kentuckiana region, offering a variety of skill-level based ensembles. Recently the LYO participated in the New Music for America project and presented a commissioned work by Christopher Theofanidis during a three day residency, collaborated with the New York-based ensemble Project Trio and appeared for the second time on NPR’s From The Top. The LYO regularly collaborates with other arts organizations and will present programs with the Louisville Ballet Academy and Master Chorale during this anniversary season.