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 orchestral 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 is proud to partner with Hip-Hop Based Education organization, Hip-Hop N2 Learning (HHN2L) for the LO Rap School. Each season, a new class of students receives lessons through a series of workshops with local social justice educators, hip-hop artists, and musicians to create their own rap lyrics that they will perform live on stage with the full orchestra at the LO’s annual MakingMUSIC education concerts. Through this innovative program, local students from all levels are introduced to a variety of programs led by HHN2L founders Nyree Clayton-Taylor and Antonio “T” Taylor all which focus on creating, producing, and performing music that promotes social justice and community activism. To learn more about HH2LN, visit HHN2L.org.

LO Creators Corps 

The Louisville Orchestra Creators Corps is a new model for how artists/composers/creators can collaborate with a symphony orchestra in the 21st century. The LO will invite three individual creators each year to move to Louisville for 30-48 weeks. Throughout their residencies, they will compose new works to be performed by the LO and participate in educational and community engagement projects. These can include works in collaboration with Louisville-based organizations, partnerships with local schools and students, site-specific installations involving the community, and working on any of the LO’s existing education or public programs. 

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 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