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Formal concert attire helps set a professional atmosphere at each CKYO performance.  Members should take pride in keeping outfits in good condition and making sure they fit properly throughout the season.  Only CKYO members who are dressed accordingly will be allowed to perform on concert days.

Symphony (SO), Concert (CO) and Repertory (Rep) Orchestras Concert Attire

Option 1:


Option 2:

  • Black Tuxedo

  • Black Bow Tie & Cummerbund

  • White Dress Shirt

  • Black Dress Shoes and Black Socks (NO WHITE SOCKS)


Bravo String Orchestra Concert Attire

Option 1:

Option 2:

  • Black Dress Pants

  • White, collared, Long-Sleeved Dress Shirt

  • Solid Black Long Tie (like this)

  • Black Dress Shoes & Black Socks

All Jazz Ensembles Concert Attire

  • All black; can add a bright tie, colorful scarf, or other colorful flair.


  • CKYO places an order for new dresses and blouses from Formal Fashions. New orders forms are due Sunday, September 15, 2024 in order to get them in time for the first concert in November.

  • If you already have an all black, floor length dress with sleeves for your school choir or orchestra, you may wear that for CKYO Concerts. Shoulders and upper arms should be covered. 

  • If you have a dress from previous years, please be sure to try on your dress at home now! CKYO can resell a dress that no longer fits you to another student if you bring it to rehearsal ASAP. If you want to resell, we suggest pricing it between $25 (if older than a few years) to $60 (if you only wore it one season).

  • There are used dresses and blouses available for sale on the CKYO MARKETPLACE - it is first come, first served. Please email us to claim a used item listed on the Marketplace. 

  • If you would like to sell a used dress or blouse, please let us know ASAP and provide us with information about price so we can add it to the marketplace.



  • Tuxedos may be rented through Geno’s Formal Affair (380 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 40503;; 859-276-1461). You may contact Geno’s beginning in September 2024.

  • Mention “Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras” when you go there to be measured.

  • Average cost – $100 for the entire season (October - May); includes 2 cleanings. 

  • May wear this tuxedo for other non-CKYO events (concerts, proms, etc)!

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