The Louisville Orchestra’s community mission is to generate change through the transformative power of music. Music Director Teddy Abrams, the LO musicians, Board, and administration are dedicated to presenting orchestra performances to audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

If you are interested in participating in or have questions about the LO’s community programs, please contact the LO Education & Community Partnerships team.

Community Partnerships & Visits

The LO partners with a variety of community, health, and education organizations to bring the joy of music into the lives of people throughout Kentuckiana. These partnerships include visits and performances by LO musicians, Teddy Abrams, chamber ensembles, and special concert series guests.

music without borders

Music Without Borders is a series of public concerts presented over the course of the season in three distinct Louisville neighborhoods: California, Shelby Park, and Jeffersontown.

Presented with the support of Jim and Irene Karp, Louisville Metro’s HeARTS program, and the Fund for the Arts, all performances are free – removing the economic barriers to enjoying the essential public service that the Louisville Orchestra represents. This multifaceted program will help achieve Metro Louisville’s goal of Building Community and Healing after the challenges of the last several years – unifying and inspiring neighbors in the unique way of the arts.

In addition to the free concerts featuring the full orchestra, the LO will provide arts activities and experiences at schools, healthcare facilities, and other community organizations in these neighborhoods to build connections with the residents, students, and other members of these communities. From “Orchestral Instrument Playground” workshops and drum circles, to performances and panel discussions with musicians and guest artists, the LO will work to unify neighbors through the unique way of the arts.

Heuser Hearing & Language Academy Partnership

With support from the William M. Wood Foundation, the LO continues our long-standing partnership with the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy (HHLA). In collaboration with the HHLA music therapist, LO musicians visit the school throughout the year to interact through music with deaf and hard of hearing preschool/kindergarten students. Selected by the prestigious Ford Foundation Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service, this partnership has changed the lives of children and families for more than a decade. Learn more