CKYO MusicWorks is a daily orchestral and ensemble music program fostering positive youth development by providing equitable access to high-quality music education.


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Concerts & Events

Picnic with the Popsicles! May 16, 2019:

On the Loudoun House front lawn in Castlewood Park

Masterclass and Performance with LPO Guest Artist Simone Porter, April 10, 2019:

At the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center

KMEA Preview with BSMS Orchestra and TRansylvania String Ensemble, January 29, 2019:

KMEA Preview Side-by-side Performance with Bryan Station Middle School Orchestra, Haggin Auditorium Transylvania University.

KMEA Performance with BSMS Orchestra, February 7, 2019:

KMEA Side-by-side Performance with Bryan Station Middle School Orchestra at the Kentucky Music Educator’s Association Annual Conference in Louisville, KY.

KMEA Preview with BSMS Orchestra and Transylvania String Ensemble, January 29, 2019:

KMEA Preview Side-by-side Performance with Bryan Station Middle School Orchestra, Haggin Auditorium Transylvania University.

Holiday Concert and Sing-A-Long, December 14, 2018:

Part of Al’s Bar Family Series.

MusicWorks Showcase, November 16, 2018:

First Performance of the new school year at Arlington Christian Church with all new MusicWorks members performing.

International Book Project Fundraiser, November 10, 2018:

Performance for the IBP’s annual fundraiser at their new location.

TahlSound Music Festival, September 8, 2018:

Performance and Instrument Petting Zoo booth.

First Day of MusicWorks Seaosn 2018-2019, September 4, 2018:

Chamber Music Festival of Lexington Cabaret Night, August 23, 2018:

Performance to open the CMFL Cabaret Concert in Al’s Garden outside performance space.

Final 2018 Program Day, May 11, 2018:

Last day of the program for the 2017-2018 school year! Performance with CKYO alum Zach Brock and families invited to the final party and potluck celebration following the concert!

Arlington Elementary Performance, May 10, 2018:

Performance with Arlington Elementary Performing Arts Club, Orchestra, and Band.

Side-by-Side with MYCincinnati, April 21, 2018:

MusicWorks is thrilled to welcome our friends and neighbors from MYCincinnati! Students from both programs will join together for a day of music-making led by our wonderful teaching artists and guest conductors. The two El Sistema-inspired programs will combine on the stage of the Lyric Theatre at 5:30 for a short, dynamic performance.

Fundraiser at HeArtPlay, April 14, 2018:

MusicWorks performs with a variety of other local musicians at HeArtPlay’s first fundraiser!

WoodSongs Ol-Time Radio Hour Kids!, March 19, 2018:

Two MusicWorks students (Melissa and Kiyah) featured as WoodSongs Kids this week for the live broadcast!

CKYO Teen Arts Festival, February 18, 2018:

Side-By-Side with CKYO Preparatory String Orchestra at Singletary Center for the Arts.

Partners for Youth Spotlight On Youth, April 20, 2017:

MusicWorks is honored to be chosen to participate in the Spotlight on Youth event again this year at the Lyric Theatre at 7:00! We will kick off the whole program with a few tunes, then we will be joined by Bluegrass Youth Ballet’s dancers for a collaborative portion where the kids will play music while the dancers perform choreographed pieces.

LexArts Arts Showcase Weekend, March 18, 2017:

We are collaborating with Bluegrass Youth Ballet’s Valley Park program for the Arts Showcase Weekend. Bring the whole family to this free event at 5:00 and listen to MusicWorks perform live music while ballet dancers dance. Reception to follow!

LexArts Fund for the Arts Campaign, March 14, 2017:

We are kicking off the LexArts Fund for the Arts Campaign with a few tunes at the beginning of the show! Join us at Haggin Auditorium on the campus of Transylvania University.

Lexington Art League Black Friday Sale, December 3, 2016 at 2:00:

The holiday season is upon us and we will be gathered around the Christmas tree at the entrance of the Loudoun House, welcoming shoppers and art lovers with favorite holiday songs. Don’t miss this festive afternoon!

Al’s Bar Children’s Series, October 21, 2016:

Bring the whole family out on Friday afternoon to enjoy the October installment of the new, family-friendly series at Al’s Bar! MusicWorks will perform at 5:30, then members of the orchestra will stick around to show their instruments to kids in the audience.

Castlewood Park Tree Festival, September 2, 2016 at 5:00:

We love our neighborhood and our new rehearsal space at the Loudoun House! Come hear us perform on the beautiful porch of the Loudoun House for the Castlewood Park Tree Festival!

WindSync/ MusicWorks collaborative concert, August 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm:

It’s our first week back at MusicWorks and we are delighted to welcome musical group WindSync for a workshop and concert again this year! Thank you to the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington! Come out to the courtyard of the Loudoun House at noon to hear our collaboration and our first concert of the year.

Summer 2016:

MusicWorks is thrilled to host a summer program as part of the Lyric Theatre’s summer youth programming! We will meet every Saturday in June from 10-11:30. A free lunch is included for participants!

May 15, 2016:

Join CKYO for our season finale concert on Sunday, May 15th beginning at 7:00! MusicWorks will perform an abridged version of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

May 3, 2016:

We always love joining forces with Arlington’s music programs, and we will do it again on this night featuring the band, orchestras, music classes and MusicWorks orchestra! 6:00 at Arlington Elementary, free and open to the public.

April 28, 2016:

Partners for Youth is hosting their annual Showcase on Youth event at the Lyric Theatre from 7-8:30. Come out and show your support for all the talented youngsters in Lexington! MusicWorks will perform first at 7:00.

April 25, 2016:

MusicWorks is honored to be the beneficiary of the Music for Mission program on Monday, April 25th at 7:30. This popular concert series is free and open to the public, and contributions will support CKYO MusicWorks’ programming.

April 21, 2016:

For the month of April, MusicWorks is the Wooden Nickel recipient of the month at West Sixth Brewery! Learn more on our facebook page, and join us this Thursday, April 21st when we host a happy hour event at West Sixth from 5-7pm.

April 8, 2016:

It’s springtime again in the Bluegrass, and that means it’s time for baseball! Support CKYO at the first Friday home game of the season where CKYO will be featured as the community organization of the night. Purchase your tickets through CKYO to participate in this fundraiser to support our programming, and enjoy a performance by the MusicWorks orchestra before the game!

March 12, 2016:

MusicWorks and friends will perform as part of the LexArts Arts Showcase weekend! Come see this free concert at The Lyric Theatre at 12:30.

February 21, 2016:

We are excited to perform along CKYO’s Preparatory Orchestra again this year at the Teen Arts Festival and Singletary Center! Stay tuned for more information, and visit CKYO’s website to view other events!

December 10, 2015:

It’s our first side-by-side with Arlington’s school orchestra! MusicWorks and Arlington orchestras will play a joint concert on Thursday, December 10th at 6:00 at the school on North Limestone. Come support these great young musicians in their holiday concert – free and open to the public.

November 17, 2015:

We will perform at the Carnegie Center’s Family Fun and Learning night for the third year in a row next Tuesday! This is always a festive night for the kids with face painting, dancing, crafts and much more. Doors open at 5:30, performance at 6:30 followed by a free dinner at 7. Free and open to the public, just call the Carnegie Center to register and let them know how many are in your party: (859)254-4175. Come see the orange-shirted MusicWorks orchestras play arrangements of Mahler, Bach, the theme from E.T. and many more tunes!

September 25, 2015:

YOU ARE INVITED to attend a mini-concert featuring the two MusicWorks orchestras this Friday, September 25th at 5:00 in the sanctuary of Embrace Church! Our founding orchestra will perform 3 songs and the beginners will demonstrate what they have learned in the first month of MusicWorks. Stay tuned for news of our official fall concert later in the semester, but stop by this Friday to meet the students and teachers, see what we have been up to, and cheer on the kids after their first month of hard work! This concert is free and open to the public, so bring friends and family!

WindSync Workshop: Saturday, August 22, 2015:

Musical group extraordinaire and resident Chamber Music Festival artists, WindSync, will join MusicWorks for the second year in a row for a workshop, concert and pizza party! What a great way for us to start our third season!


The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center will have summer programming sessions on Saturdays in June and July, including MusicWorks summer classes! Visit The Lyric’s website to sign up for free classes:

May 9, 2015:

MusicWorks is looking forward to participating in the fourth annual Midwest Seminario! The event will be held at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with El Sistema-inspired programs gathering for a full day of rehearsals and music making! Join us for the free concert at 4:00 pm in the Corbett Auditorium.

April 17, 2015:

CKYO is thrilled to be the featured Community Organization of the Night at the opening weekend of the Lexington Legends! NoLi MusicWorks, along with other CKYO performers, will be set up at the entrance gate. Call the CKYO office to purchase tickets at $10: 859.254.0796. See you at the ballpark!

March 1, 2015:

MusicWorks will perform on the CKYO Teen Arts Festival Concert this Sunday, the first day of March! Come to the Singletary Center and check out all of the CKYO groups performing throughout the day! More info at

January 30, 2015:

Join us for our first concert of the new year with the full orchestra! MusicWorks will perform in the chapel of Embrace Church at 5:00 on Friday, January 30th.

January 4, 2015:

We are thrilled by the invitation to perform at Mayor Jim Gray’s inauguration! Four of our students will perform “America the Beautiful” at the event to be held at the Lexington Convention Center at 2:30.

November 18, 2014:

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning is holding its annual Family Fun Night in November and MusicWorks will perform on the program! 7:00 pm.

October 20, 2014:

MusicWorks will have a fall concert at the Lexington Art League Loudoun House at 5:00 pm on Monday!

September 11, 2014:

MusicWorks will perform at the Lexington Rescue Mission fundraiser at the Hilton Hotel. 7:00 pm.

September 9, 2014:

MusicWorks will perform at the LYPA ArtSEE showcase at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center at 6:15 pm.

North Limestone MusicWorks Mission

NoLi MusicWorks is a daily orchestral and ensemble music program fostering positive youth development by providing equitable access to intense, high-quality music education.

NoLi MusicWorks Core Values

Access: NoLi MusicWorks believes that every child has the right to a high quality musical education. We strive to eliminate access barriers by providing instruction and resources at no cost to students in exchange for their full commitment to the program.

Ensemble and Community: At NoLi MW, the ensemble functions as a community, with all members working together to achieve a common goal. Additionally, the ensembles will represent a source of community pride. Students will become role models for each other and for the community.

Cultivation of Creative Spirit: Children will discover music as a means of personal expression, improving their sense of value and self worth. In the words of El Sistema founder Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, “Whoever creates beauty by playing an instrument and generating musical harmony begins to understand from within what essential harmony is… human harmony.”

Musical Excellence: NoLi MW’s participants will receive music education of the highest possible quality. Students will be held to a high standard of musical excellence and will give frequent public performances.

Commitment and Perseverance: Participants will value commitment to a goal, and the hard work required to achieve it.

Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras Mission

CKYO believes every young person with outstanding musical ability and a willingness to work hard should be given the opportunity to develop that skill. The purpose of CKYO is to foster, in cooperation with public and private schools, quality musical opportunities for talented young musicians in the Central Kentucky region and to provide affordable, family-friendly concerts to the community.

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