Public Programs

The LO is proud to partner with area schools, community organizations, and the general public to educate, inspire, and foster long-lasting relationships with the arts, specifically the diverse and cross-genre world of orchestra music.

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

Rap School

The Louisville Orchestra Rap School is expanding upon its successful pilot implementation of working with young artists to write and create their own rap and perform with the LO. This residency-based program is focused on social justice and community action through local youth creating and performing rap with the LO. In partnership with Jecorey “1200” Arthur, local social justice educators and artists, and the local rap group The Real Young Prodigy’s, the LO Rap School is a hub for students using rap as a means for community activism. Students will receive lessons and coaching throughout the fall and spring, tackling a civic issue or problem they want to address together in their lyrics. A program unlike any orchestra program in the country creates a community of young musician-leaders who will connect and participate with the LO in new ways using the orchestra as their means for creating change in the community.

Made possible by: Dianne O’Regan in honor of Teddy Abrams and Jecorey Arthur.

LO Conducting School

LO Music Director Teddy Abrams and guest conductors are available to lead a limited number of masterclasses with middle and high school music students. If you have questions or are interested in a music classroom visit with Teddy or another conductor, please contact the LO Education team.

The LO Conducting School also offers the Young Conductors program through our MakingMUSIC partnership with JCPS. Through this program, students attending the MakingMUSIC education concerts in March 2023 are eligible to be nominated to learn the art of conducting with Teddy Abrams. They will then represent their school and debut their skills on stage during the performance. Learn more about the MakingMUSIC program

Young Artist Competition

The Association of the Louisville Orchestra, Inc. invites young musicians from grades 5 to 12 to compete for cash awards and for the opportunity to perform as soloists with the Louisville Orchestra. Learn more

Concert Talks

Prior to each Coffee Series and Classics Series concert, patrons are invited to attend a free 45-min CONCERT TALK with local experts and musicians about their unique perspectives on the upcoming performance. 

Coffee Series Information | Classics Series Information