LYO Master Artists Chamber Players

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We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Louisville Youth Orchestra this season – Master Artists Chamber Players! This Louisville Youth Orchestra ensemble brings advanced student players performing in string quartets, woodwind quintets, and brass quintets. This program is a collaborative effort with NouLou Chamber Players, Inc. including mentorship, coachings and performance opportunities. Past highlights included a pre-concert performance for Music at Copland House at a Chamber Music Society of Louisville concert, participating in Classical Revolution performances, and our high school string quartet placing first at the Macauley Chamber Music Competition.

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If you are a student auditioning for Repertory or Symphony Orchestras, you may also audition for this program with a 2 minute excerpt from a piece in the solo repertoire for your instrument. All ensemble placements are based on ability level rather than age. Commitment includes one monthly coaching 12:30-1:30pm on Sundays before LYO rehearsal and at least once a week rehearsal. Auditions will take place Saturday, September 1 – Sunday, September 9. For more information visit We are looking forward to the expansion of student chamber music in our town!

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LYO Receives Imagine 2020 Project Grant for the 2018-19 Season


On July 23, the Fund for the Arts announced the recipients of the 2018 Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 grants. Grant proposals were open to counties across the region, including: Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington. These grants were awarded to ten artists and groups.

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LYO’s grant is for NouLou&YOUth! – a partnership with NouLouChamber players, offering free, quality educational chamber music programs to Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties, providing professional educational support for LYO members and stoking engagement and passion in the community.

The grant was accepted by Laura De St. Croix, (3rd person, first row), LYO’s Master Artist Chamber Players project manager and co-director of NouLou Chamber Players, Inc.

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to participate in the Master Artists Chamber Players program for the 2018-2019 season! Please plan to stay a little after the LYO orientation at YPAS on Sunday, September 23rd, from 5:00-5:30 pm, for our own orientation in the auditorium.

String Quintet:

Olivia Hodge, violin
Asher Blackburn, violin
Taina LeBlanc, viola
Kenya Tovar, cello
Eleanore Ragan, cello
Repertoire: Luigi Boccherini- Quintet in E major Op. 11, No 5, mvt. 2-Allegro e con spirito & 3-Minuetto [to start]

Coach: Laura De St. Croix

String Quartet:

Connor Taylor, violin
Joseph Levinson, violin
Noah Rairick, viola
Sam Yost, cello
Repertoire: Haydn-Op. 74, No. 1 in C major, mvt. 4- Finale [to start] &
Shostakovich- String Quartet No. 1 in C major, mvt 1- Moderato

Coach: Evan Vicic

Woodwind Quintet:

Jiwon Jung, flute
Nadia Cho, oboe
Carly VanMeter, clarinet
Ryan Kegg, bassoon
Kimmi Hebron, horn
Repertoire: Vincent Persichetti- Pastoral Op. 21 & Jacques Ibert- Trois Pieces Breves

Coaches: Marilyn Nije / Chris Reid

Woodwind Trio:

Denny Kasey, flute
Graciela Sedano, clarinet
Allie Swarens, horn
Repertoire: Elizabeth Tang, Blues for Woodwinds [to start]
Coaches: Jon Gustely / Kathy Karr

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