Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras

Allyson Mattingly


What started out as a Lexington music teacher’s dream in 1947 is now celebrating the huge milestone of 75 years of music, incredible experiences, and spectacular achievements.

With over 400 young members participating in six orchestras and two community programs, the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras provide access to the highest quality musical opportunities. It fosters a life-long love of music among young musicians. Through music education and a dynamic curriculum focused on the development of musical excellence at all levels, the CKYO enriches the lives of its student members and continues to tend to the needs of its community.

To cap off its 75th season of incredible music, the CKYO will be hosting its 75th Season Jubilee Celebration on May 20th and 21st. On May 20th, there will be an alumni reunion and reception at The Campbell House, followed by a performance and reception the following day.

The season finale concert on May 21st will be hosted at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center and begins at 5:00 pm. The finale will feature spectacular performances by the advanced CKYO Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director Marcello Cormio, the CKYO’s Friends in Music and MusicWorks programs, and a formal graduation recognition, as well as a farewell performance by the graduating seniors.

Experience a thrilling performance - led by former CKYO Music Director Steven Moore - from the CKYO Alumni Orchestra, which includes alumni from all seven decades of the organization! Directly following the performance, enjoy the Diamond Jubilee Grand Reception with both performers and audience members.

To learn more about the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras and how you or a loved one can get involved, visit ckyo.org. Want to be involved, but not so musically gifted? You can also give the gift of music through donations and various sponsorship options. •

Join the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras as they celebrate 75 years of music!

CKYO Spring Concert • Sunday, May 7th at 5:00pm • Singletary Center for the Arts

CKYO Jazz Live! at the Lyric • Tuesday, May 16th at 7:30pm • Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center

CKYO 75th Anniversary Season Finale • Sunday, May 21st at 5:00pm • Singletary Center for the Arts