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Celebrating 70 Years of Making Music 

My Old Kentucky Home - #CKYOatHome Recording Project April 2020
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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 almost 400 students in Central Kentucky through six orchestras; Symphony, Concert, Repertory, Preparatory String, Jazz Arts, and Jazz Repertory; a Percussion Ensemble; and as well as substantial community music initiatives CKYO in the SchoolsMusicWorks Orchestra, and MusicWorks - Friends in Music

Absence Request Form

Current CKYO students may report absences via the form below.

Weather Announcements

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

CKYO Concert Orchestra rehearsal is canceled this evening, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 due to weather.

Upcoming Concerts

Teen Arts Festival

Performances by all CKYO performing ensembles!

Live at the Lyric!

Our annual performance and live recording of the Jazz Arts and Jazz Repertory Orchestras under the direction of Raleigh Dailey.

Spring Concert

featuring the Concert, Repertory, & Preparatory String Orchestras

70th Anniversary Season Finale Concert

featuring the Symphony Orchestra with special performances by the Alumni Reunion Orchestra, Friends in Music students and mentors, and the 2018 Senior Orchestra.

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