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General Operating Support provided by: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.
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We believe that every young person with outstanding musical ability and a willingness to work hard should be given the opportunity to develop that skill. The purpose of CKYO is to foster, in cooperation with public and private schools, quality musical opportunities for talented young musicians in the Central Kentucky region and provide affordable,family-friendly concerts to the 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, 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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