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Monday thru Friday: 10:00am-3:00pm

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All Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras programs are made possible in part through the generous support of LexArts. In 2016-2017, CKYO will receive a total of $26,000 in unrestricted support.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports the Central Kentucky youth Orchestras with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


ANNOUNCING CKYO’s newly appointed Music Director MARCELLO CORMIO
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The purpose of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras is to provide, in cooperation with public and private schools, equitable access to the highest quality musical opportunities and to foster a life-long love of music for dedicated young musicians.  CKYO enriches the lives of its student members through a dynamic curriculum focused on the development of musical excellence at all levels of experience, and seeks out strategic partnerships to ensure its responsiveness to the needs of its community.

The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) is one of the oldest, independently chartered youth orchestras in the United States, with a tradition dating back to 1947. Over 300 students gather from 11 counties and 48 area schools to participate in CKYO. We offer six orchestras; Symphony, Concert, Repertory, Preparatory Strings, Jazz Arts, and Jazz Repertory, a Percussion Ensemble, as well as three community initiatives CKYO in the Schools, Friends in Music, and North Limestone MusicWorks. Dedicated to the musical education and growth of its student members, we provide performance opportunities, motivational workshops, small group instruction, travel, mentoring and quality social interaction. 

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