Celebrating 72 Years of Making Music 

Our Mission

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. The 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. 


CKYO provides music education and performance opportunities for over 400 students in Central Kentucky through six orchestras; Symphony, Concert, Repertory, Preparatory String, Jazz Arts, and Jazz Repertory; a Percussion Ensemble; as well as substantial community music initiatives CKYO in the Schools, MusicWorks , and Friends in Music

Absence Request

Current CKYO students may report absences via the form below.


Teen Arts Festival Concerts

May 03, 2020

5:00pm - Singletary Center for the Arts

Spring Concert

May 10, 2020

7:00pm - Singletary Center for the Arts

Season Finale Concert

May 12, 2020

7:30pm - The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center

Jazz Live! at the Lyric

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© 2017 CKYO

Call Us: 859-254-0796  /   ckyo@ckyo.org   /  161 N Mill Street Lexington, KY 40507

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161 N Mill Street 

Lexington, KY 40507

© 2017 CKYO