Hey Teachers! RSVP for MakingMUSIC

(July 7, 2018)   We are taking reservations for our MakingMUSIC concerts in March 2019! Designed for 4th and 5th-grade students, these concerts highlight our fabulous Louisville Orchestra musicians led by our Music Director Teddy Abrams. We will also feature one of the winners of the ALO Young Artist competition performing on each concert. Public, parochial, private and homeschools are welcome! We love sharing the beauty of live orchestral music with our young audiences and hope that you’ll join us for another great year of MakingMUSIC together!

Reservations can be made here:

In 1940, Louisville Orchestra’s founder and conductor Robert Whitney began the MakingMUSIC program that provided live orchestral experiences for 4th and 5th-grade students. This legacy program, now entering its 79th year, continues today and reaches more than 17,000 students annually through in-school ensemble visits and special concerts curated by the LO’s Music Director Teddy Abrams. MakingMUSIC has also had a longstanding partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools and annually performs for all 4th and 5th-grade students in the 92 JCPS elementary schools. The curriculum for the MakingMUSIC program is designed around current National, State and Local standards in Music/Arts, English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Additional curriculum is created for the MakingMUSIC concert experience so teachers have opportunities to connect their students’ concert experiences directly to their classroom studies. The concert study guide examines each piece using historical information as well as how to utilize elements/ideas from each piece into the classroom.

Within MakingMUSIC there are two additional programs that include The Name Symphony and The Landfill Orchestra. The Name Symphony, designed for 4th-grade students, enables students to make their own music by creating a rhythmic pattern out of their name. They can also create small “ensembles” by working with partners and creating new soundscapes utilizing the different names in a variety of patterns. The Landfill Orchestra, launched in 2014, has been a passion project of Teddy Abrams since its inception. The Landfill Orchestra, designed for 5th-grade students, is a project that turns trash/recyclables into musical instruments. Students are encouraged to bring in trash/recyclables and create their own musical instruments and can set their “Name Symphony” utilizing these new instruments. They also are encouraged to bring these instruments to the MakingMUSIC concert where they play along with the orchestra on a designated piece. The Landfill Orchestra program was piloted in 2014/15 with one elementary school and has now expanded into multiple schools throughout the region.

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UpTempo RSVP

Making Music Ensemble RSVP

LO Ensemble in-school RSVP

Ensemble reservations for 2017-18 season

RSVP In-School Ensemble Visits

LO Ensemble in-school RSVP

Ensemble reservations for 2017-18 season

Coffee Concert Student RSVP

Coffee Concert Student RSVP
    Starting one hour before the concert, the free LO Concert Talk offers insights about the upcoming performance. Local experts, musicians, guest artists and sometimes Teddy Abrams joins the discussion host for a 30 minute preview.


Explore the programs available to your students.

MakingMUSIC – Literacy and Math :: Concert Hall Program

MakingMUSIC concerts are designed to introduce the orchestra experience to 4th and 5th-grade students at WHITNEY HALL at the KENTUCKY CENTER. Learn more and sign up here.

MakingMusic Ensemble Visit :: In-School Program

Louisville Orchestra chamber ensembles are available to present programs related to the MakingMUSIC concert.  Instrument demonstrations are presented in the classroom followed by the chamber concert.

Recommended Grades:  4th and 5th-grades only

Dates:  September – December

Time:  9:30am – 11:00am

Duration:  Approximately 90 minutes

Cost:  $550-$1000

(FREE for all JCPS  Elementary Schools K – Z; 4th and 5th-grade students only)


Teddy’s Kids

This program gives 4th and 5th-grade students the opportunity to learn to conduct with the LO’s Music Director Teddy Abrams.  As part of their participation in the MakingMUSIC concerts, each school will select one student to represent them at the concert.  Two conducting sessions with Teddy Abrams will be scheduled for these students ahead of MakingMUSIC concerts for them to learn one piece that will be performed at these concerts.  These students will have two one-hour sessions with Teddy to learn to conduct this piece as well as the basics of conducting and when they attend their specific MakingMUSIC concert, they will join Teddy on stage to conduct the Louisville Orchestra. Please email by January 15, 2017, with your student nomination.

Landfill Orchestra

As part of MakingMUSIC, 5th-grade students focus on creating original instruments from found/recycled objects to create the “Landfill Orchestra”. Building rhythms and/or adapting reading materials into a musical rhythm, students can also explore creating melodies with their new instruments. Students can also create more complicated math sentences using different time signatures and explore performing as smaller (chamber) and larger (entire class) ensembles. They can also improvise as the ensembles can be interchangeable. Students are encouraged to bring their Landfill Orchestra instruments to the MakingMUSIC concerts to play along to a specific piece during the performances. With funding partner Fifth Third Bank, the Landfill Orchestra was piloted in 2014/15 with Hartstern Elementary. New community partners include ReStore/Habitat for Humanity who has provided access to materials to build these instruments. This program is open to any school who would like to participate and the curriculum is available in the MakingMUSIC curriculum guide.

Coffee Concerts 

These public concerts are open to Middle and High School students who are ready for the full-length concert experience.  Concert Previews gives students the chance to learn about the concert program including history, composers, and musical genres.  Online Curricular Connections study guides are specific to each Coffee Concert and can be found here.

Recommended Grades:  6 to 12


MOZART REQUIEM – 26 OCT 2018  || Link to Study Guide
OBOE CONCERTO – 16 NOV 2018   || Link to Study Guide
ART + MUSIC  – 25 JAN 2019  || Link to Study Guide
TCHAIKOVSKY CONCERTO #1 – 29 MAR 2019 || Link to Study Guide
TEDDY TALKS BRAHMS – 26 APR 2019 || Link to Study Guide
BEETHOVEN’S NINTH – 10 MAY 2019  || Link to Study Guide

Concert Talks:  10AM, reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance
Performance Time:  11AM

Location:  Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center for the Arts

Duration:  70 minutes, no intermission

Cost:  $10 per student, 1 FREE chaperone for every 10 students, additional chaperones $10

Reserve Seats Today: LINK to RSVP FORM or contact (be sure to indicate if you wish to attend the Concert Talks when you make your reservations)

Open Rehearsals

Introduce your students to the rehearsal process with this behind-the-scenes experience. Students will get the unique opportunity to watch the music unfold as they see guest artists up close and hear comments from the conductor.

Recommended Grades:  9-12

Dates:  Please contact for specific date availability

Times:  9:30am – 12:00pm or 1:30pm – 3:30 pm, depending on rehearsal schedule

Location(s):  Whitney Hall

Duration:  Approximately 2.5 hours

Cost:  $0 per student – reservations must be made 3 weeks in advance of requested rehearsal observation.  Limit of up to 60 total (including chaperones).

Call to book today:  502.585.9426


Chamber Ensemble Visit  :: In-School Program

Louisville Orchestra chamber ensembles are available to visit your school!

Recommended Grades:  K-12

Dates:  September-December; March and April, subject to ensemble availability

Time:  Varies, subject to ensemble availability

Duration:  45 minutes

Cost:  $550-$1000


Individual Masterclasses / Ensemble Coaching Sessions :: In-School

Louisville Orchestra musicians are available to visit instrumental programs for individual masterclasses. Ensemble coaching sessions may include but are not limited to: masterclass lectures, performances, evaluation/adjudication for ensemble contests, professional development for directors, rehearsal techniques, etc. This may be in conjunction with a chamber ensemble visit.

Recommended Grades:  6-12

Dates:  September-December; March and April, subject to ensemble availability

Time:  Varies, subject to ensemble availability

Duration:  up to 2 hours

Cost:  $300-$1000 depending on individual or ensemble requested

Call to book today:  502.585.9426

Abrams’ Kids/Adopt-a-School

Now in its fourth year, Abrams’ Kids is evolving to an Adopt-a-School model for area high schools. Each semester, Teddy Abrams will be the Artist-in-Residence at an area high school where he will give masterclasses and work with students to create a service project that connects their music to the community. For 2018/19, Teddy will be the Artist-in-Residence at YPAS (fall) and Central High School (winter/spring).