The Kentucky Chamber Orchestra, founded in 2017 by Ben Crouch as the Kentuckiana Philharmonic Orchestra, is an orchestra that works to maintain and promote the importance and relevance of classical music, to provide opportunities for education regarding the history and significance of the fine arts, and to promote the shared appreciation and enjoyment of music throughout the Greater Louisville area and beyond.

The Kentucky Chamber Orchestra changed its name at the end of the 2018-2019 fiscal year; we were formerly known as the “Kentuckiana Philharmonic Orchestra.” This change was made in an effort to create a unique and specific direction for our organization. Making this change allowed us to reduce the size of our ensemble to more accurately represent the instrumentation that would have been used when Mozart and Haydn’s music was brand new. We believe the inherent beauty and genius of these early composers deserves to be represented. Regular performance of these works with a high level of musicality helps to keep their genius alive for future generations to enjoy. Our core ensemble consists of 31 permanent members with an 18-person string section (5 4 4 3 2), a 12-person wind section, and one timpanist. This composition reflects a traditional chamber orchestra instrumentation.

We pride ourselves on the professional environment we create for our musicians. Performing music at a high level requires focus, dedication, and artistry. We are lucky to have a group of musicians who practice these aspects of musical performance in every rehearsal and every performance. Furthermore, we consider ourselves extremely blessed to be a part of a community with such a dedication to the arts. Louisville is a community with a strong shared appreciation for the fine arts. This shared appreciation is echoed in the many arts-focused institutions our city has allowed to flourish. The music community here in Louisville is composed of many high-quality ensembles, including (but not limited to) the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Civic Orchestra, the Louisville Philharmonia, the Louisville Youth Orchestra, and many more.

In addition to the population of gifted artists that allows us to push for a high level of musicianship, we pride ourselves on our diversity. We are a diverse group of musicians in every area. The Kentucky Chamber Orchestra does not discriminate based on age, race, gender, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by our nondiscrimination policy. The age range of our musicians is very wide, ranging from high school students to current and retired music educators. All talented instrumentalists who have a passion for music are welcome in the Kentucky Chamber Orchestra. Through performance of challenging repertoire, the orchestra offers an opportunity for fine musicians to come together as one and collaborate. The KCO is composed primarily of local musicians; as an organization that emphasizes the talent of the Louisville community, we feel it is important to feature the musicians of our city. The KCO serves as both an artistic outlet for our members as well as a place for the people of Louisville to enjoy the fine arts.

We welcome any composers who would like an opportunity to share their music with the public to send us a message on our contact page. We applaud any individuals who have the extremely worthwhile interest in the art of composing music, and we would love to be a part of your bringing that music to the city of Louisville.

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The success of our organization depends on your generosity. Whether it is $5 or $50, every contribution can help keep the KCO making music in the Louisville region!

Kentucky Chamber Orchestra, Inc. is a public charity exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations may qualify as charitable deductions for federal income tax purposes. Our Employer Identification Number is 82-2473964. A summary of our registration and financial information may be obtained from the Office of the Attorney General: 1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 200, Frankfort, KY 40601, or from the Kentucky Chamber Orchestra directly.