CENTRAL KENTUCKY YOUTH ORCHESTRA SOCIETY INC
161 North Mill St
Lexington KY 40507
Contact Information
Nonprofit CENTRAL KENTUCKY YOUTH ORCHESTRA SOCIETY INC
Address 161 North Mill St
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone (859) 254-0796
Fax 859 254-9466
Contact Name Amelia Groetsch
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Music Director and Conductor Daniel Chetel conducts a rehearsal of the CKYO Symphony Orchestra at UK's Singletary Center for the Arts
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1974
Former Names
Youth Music Society of Central Kentucky
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer CKYO accepts donations via checks made payable to "CKYO" or phone donations by calling the office at 859-254-0796.  We also accept donations of rehearsal space, transportation, and fractional sized string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass).  If you would like to volunteer at CKYO contact the office by emailing ckyo@ckyo.org. 
Financial Summary
 
 
Statements
Mission Statement

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 provide affordable, family-friendly concerts to the community.

Background Statement

 We believe that 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 provide affordable, family-friendly concerts to the community.

The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras (CKYO) is one of the oldest, independently chartered youth orchestras in the United States, with a tradition dating back to 1947. Over 400 students gather from 15 counties and 60 area schools to participate in CKYO. We offer six orchestras; Symphony, Concert, Repertory, Preparatory Strings, Jazz Repertory, and Jazz Arts Orchestras. Dedicated to the musical education and growth of its student members, we provide performance opportunities, motivational workshops, small group instruction, travel, mentoring and quality social interaction.

In addition to our performing ensembles, CKYO operates three community music programs: Friends in Music, CKYO in the Schools, and North Limestone MusicWorks.

CKYO established the Friends in Music (FIM) program in 1996 to address a need in our community to provide music instruction to Fayette County students who would not otherwise have the means to afford it. CKYO Symphony Orchestra members act as mentors along with the Program Director and professional teachers to teach free stringed instrument lessons to children in Title I schools in Fayette County. FIM currently operates in 2 Fayette County middle schools and offers highly subsidized private lessons from professional teachers in Lexington. FIM also partners with Central Music Academy (CMA) to provide lessons to participants.

Through our CKYO in the Schools program, each season CKYO performs ‘run-out’ concerts throughout the central Kentucky. These concerts serve to expose public school students to live orchestral music by bringing a CKYO ensemble into their school at no cost to the school system. Each season over the course of two weeks CKYO ensembles perform for nearly 3,000 public school students ranging from Kindergarten to 12thgrade.

North Limestone MusicWorks (MusicWorks) is a daily orchestral and ensemble music program fostering positive development of Lexington’s youth by providing equitable access to high-quality music education. The program offers intensive study on string instruments and musicianship training from Arlington Elementary School, 2.5 hours daily after school. MusicWorks is inspired by the musical and social philosophy of El Sistema, Venezuela’s national system of youth orchestras and choirs. El Sistema seeks to affect social change through the pursuit of musical excellence by providing Venezuelan children with access to free instruments, intensive musical training and orchestral experience.

 

Impact Statement
ACCOMPLISHMENTS (2014-2015):
  • 2nd year of North Limestone MusicWorks. In its second season (14-15) MusicWorks had 27 regular participants and performed at a variety of local and community events including the 2015 Mayoral Inauguration and the LexArts' Fund for the Arts Campaign Kick-Off. This program also was awarded an NEA ArtWorks grant for the first time and was visited by NEA Chairwoman Jane Chu on her visit to Kentucky.
  • Alumni Reunion Orchestra. At the Season Finale Concert in May 2015, CKYO invited Alumni back to the stage for a performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. We were honored to have almost 50 alumni in attendance on stage for a thrilling performance.
  • Expanded collaboration with the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. Over the previous four seasons opera has been included in the curriculum for CKYO's top two ensembles. In 2014-2015 CKYO had three substantial collaborations with students and faculty from UK Opera Theatre: 1) Concert Orchestra performed scenes from Mozart's "Magic Flute" at the Season Opening Concert; 2) Symphony Orchestra performed the entire Act II of Puccini's "La Boheme" with soloists from UKOT and choir from Lafayette High School in February; and 3) A Chamber orchestra made up of Symphony Orchestra members made up the pit orchestra for UKOT's main stage production of Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at the Lyric Theatre in December 2015.
 
GOALS FOR CURRENT SEASON (2015-2016) and beyond:
  • Expand MusicWorks to include more students and support students beyond elementary school.
  • Professionalize fundraising elements of the organization to further support our mission and community music initiatives.
  • Create more travel opportunities for our students, beyond the state, including national and international tours.
  • Seek out more appropriate rehearsal spaces...
  • Develop additional collaborative relationships with local arts and educational institutions.
Needs Statement
    • More financial aid support to our students. CKYO aims to expand our ability to offer financial assistance to families participating in the organization and to make CKYO a more accessible part of music education in Central Kentucky.
    • Creating the position of Executive Director. An Executive Director would be able to further our commitments to the Lexington community, deepen our connections to other arts organizations, and ensure the future of our programs for the students and families of Central Kentucky.
    • Funds to pay for additional sectional rehearsals.Any small group instruction involves the hiring of a professional coach and a rented space. We would like to expand what we provide to our students dependent on our ability to budget for the additional costs.
    • Facilities that are more available and more suited for our needs.We rehearse and perform in a very busy facility. While we love our presence on the U of Kentucky campus the use of this space limits the flexibility and expansion of our programs as we evolve to better serve the needs of our community.
    • Expanding community programs. As we continue to explore the ways in which CKYO can engage with the wider community of Lexington and Kentucky acquiring the funds to operate programs like North Limestone MusicWorks, Friends in Music and CKYO in the Schools or start new initiatives is essential.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

 

This is an exciting time for our organization, and I am thrilled to lead this historic and prestigious institution. While the spirit of our organization is as strong as it has ever been so is our desire to continue to improve, deepen, and expand our offerings to our students and our community; and we cannot move forward on many of these projects without further financial support in place.

CKYO’s commitment to the community of Lexington and Central Kentucky has become a substantial philosophical and financial commitment of our organization. Friends in Music is an afterschool program designed to provide professional music instruction for orchestral students in Title I middle schools through group and private instrumental lessons. Additionally, through our CKYO in the Schools program, each season CKYO has performed ‘run-out’ concerts throughout the Lexington community over the course of the year. These concerts serve to expose public school students to live orchestral music by bringing a CKYO ensemble into their school at no cost to the school system.

Finally, CKYO is excited to have formed the first El Sistema-inspired nucleo in the state of Kentucky: North Limestone MusicWorks. We are proud to join the national and international community of El Sistema programs and equally proud of the work being done right here in Lexington. Now in its third year, MusicWorks continues to grow and evolve. Our students who began with simple exercises on the violin, viola, cello, and double bass are now perform complex works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Serge Prokofiev in venues across our city, and even traveling to Cincinnati to participate in the annual Seminario of Midwest El Sistema-inspired programs.

At CKYO we have tried to connect deeply with our community through an emphasis on collaboration. Collaboration is not simply about joining forces, but about creating art—and creative experiences—that would not have been possible otherwise. Over the last few seasons CKYO students and ensembles have collaborated with organizations like the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, Lafayette high School Chorale, Bluegrass Youth Ballet, and University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. These are enriching projects for our students and essential to continuing the spirit of musical excellence and joy that is at the core of our purpose and mission. Over the last few seasons, our Symphony Orchestra worked with singers from UK Opera Theatre and the Lafayette HS Choirs to present the complete First and Second Acts from Puccini’s beautiful La Boheme, and this Fall we worked with Everett McCorvey, founder and director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, to design a unique concert presentation of Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 From the New World which included settings of African American spirituals that inspired Dvorak’s work.

I truly believe that the strength of our youth orchestra is the diversity of interests and backgrounds represented by our students. We have young people who wish to pursue careers in music; we have young people who have other professional interests but can’t imagine their daily lives without music; we have young people who have made strong friendships through CKYO that they wish to foster every week at rehearsal; and we have young people who just aren’t sure where music fits into their lives. CKYO is not a single-minded entity. I believe that this diversity makes our progress towards our group goals of musical excellence and fostering a passion for music that much more meaningful.


Sincerely,

Daniel Chetel
Music Director & Conductor
Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras

 

Board Chair Statement

We are currently celebrating the 68th season of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras! I’m excited to serve as President of the CKYO Board of Directors for this 2015-2016 season.

Our Music Director and Conductor, Daniel Chetel, is now in his fifth season with CKYO and he continues to challenge our students to achieve their best. He has implemented a great number of organizational changes that continue to serve our students and their families and engage new students in the community.

We began this season with an All-CKYO Retreat which brought together all four of our classical orchestras for a day of rehearsals and activities designed to help introduce the students to each other, and the parents were able to meet as one large group to discuss our plans for the year and how we can all be involved to make CKYO a positive and sustainable organization for our community. The day ended with a thrilling performance by almost 350 CKYO students together onstage performing "My Old Kentucky Home." Seeing students at the beginning of their CKYO experience (in 2nd grade) sitting near students in their final year of CKYO (seniors in high school) made quite an impact on everyone in attendance!

We also look to our community as we enhance our Friends in Music program at Bryan Station Middle School and Lexington Traditional Magnet School to engage with and serve more students toward the ultimate goal of helping these students successfully audition into CKYO. Leah Hagel-Kahmann, with a staff of experienced music teachers and dedicated CKYO student mentors, is leading Friends in Music through the next exciting chapter of this program’s existence. In addition to the after school mentoring, CKYO is partnering with Central Music Academy to provide private lessons to augment the scope and effectiveness of the instruction we offer.

Perhaps the biggest addition to CKYO programming in recent years is North Limestone MusicWorks. Now in its third year, this program continues to grow in scope and in reputation in the community.  As we move into next season we will see our first class of students graduate from Elementary to Middle School and are working to integrate them into the Friends in Music program, as well as having them audition into our CKYO performing ensembles.

An organization like ours has both a storied past and the promise of a vibrant future as we aim to expand and improve our offerings for our students, families, and our entire community. I thank the staff, conductors, coaches, teachers, students, and especially the families of our students who make this experience happen for our students.

Sincerely,

Kirsten Kegley

President, Board of Directors

Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras

 

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development /
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Fayette County
Clark County
Franklin County
Jessamine County
Madison County
Scott County
Mercer County
Montgomery County
Nicholas County
Shelby County
Woodford County
Kentucky
Anderson County
Bath County
Boyle County
Powell County
Lincoln County

While in recent years CKYO has served students in as many as 20 counties in Central Kentucky, the office and weekly rehearsals are located in Lexington: CKYO occupies an office in ArtsPlace, located downtown; The Symphony and Concert Orchestras rehearse on the University of Kentucky campus in the Singletary Center for the Arts; the Repertory and Preparatory String Orchestras rehearse at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA); and our Jazz Ensembles rehearse at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church. With our “CKYO in the Schools” program, the orchestras have traveled throughout Fayette, Scott, Knox, Nicholas, Madison, Woodford, Montgomery, Clark, Jessamine, and Franklin Counties to perform for elementary and middle school students.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kirsten Kegley
Company Affiliation Upper Right Marketing
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Dr. Elizabeth Arnold University of KentckyVoting
Dr. Chris Begley Transylvania UniversityVoting
Ms. Raquel Carter Guide Realty, Inc.Voting
Mr. Lester Diaz Fayette County Public SchoolsVoting
Mrs. Kris Gilbert RetiredVoting
Ms. Rebekah Gray Gray ConstructionVoting
Dr. Ben Hawkins Transylvania UniversityVoting
Mrs. Candace James Sts. Peter and Paul SchoolVoting
Ms. Kirsten Kegley Upper Right MarketingVoting
Dr. Elizabeth Lorch University of KentuckyVoting
Mrs. Tracy Lovan Fayette County Public SchoolsVoting
Dr. Catherine Nardolillo Centre CollegeVoting
Mrs. Julie Quick Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Susan Robbins University of KentuckyVoting
Mrs. Zinnia Robinson Kentucky Children's HospitalVoting
Ms. Beth Ellen Rosenbaum Children's Music WorkshopVoting
Dr. John Scheib University of KentuckyVoting
Ms. Louise Shouse RetiredVoting
Mr. Robert Stadelman BankerVoting
Dr. Jacqueline Sugarman University of KentuckyVoting
Mr. Scott Terrell Lexington PhilharmonicVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 76%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Endowment
Executive
Finance
Nominating
Personnel
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Daniel Chetel
Term Start July 2011
Email ckyomd@gmail.com
Experience

 

Daniel Chetel is currently serving in his fifth season as the Music Director and Conductor of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. While living and working in Lexington Dr. Chetel has served as the Assistant Conductor for the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, UK Opera Theatre, and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras. Dr. Chetel has led the UK Symphony Orchestra at subscription concerts, educational outreach concerts, and special events such as the Opening Gala of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky. In addition, Dr. Chetel currently serves as the Conductor of the UK Philharmonia at the University of Kentucky School of Music.

Dr. Chetel has served as the Conductor of the UK Opera Theatre’s Annual Undergraduate Production, Cover Conductor for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and guest conductor of the Reading Symphony Orchestra in Reading, PA. Recently Dr. Chetel has also served as Cover Conductor for summer concerts of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra as well as Assistant Conductor for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

A strong believer in music education, Dr. Chetel worked for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras as Program Coordinator for the BYSO’s Intensive Community Program, a rigorous stringed instrument curriculum serving underrepresented youth throughout Boston. In the summer of 2008 Dr. Chetel traveled to Acarigua, Venezuela to work with a nucleo of the nation-wide Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System, El Sistema. CKYO’s new community music initiative North Limestone MusicWorks is based on the philosophies and practices of El Sistema.

As an operatic conductor Dr. Chetel has worked for DiCapo Opera (NY), University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, University of Maryland Opera Studio, Newton Symphony (MA), Dunster House

Opera Society (MA), and the Reading Symphony Orchestra (PA), where he has worked on fully-staged productions of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte, Puccini’s La Boheme, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and Vaughan-Williams’s Riders to the Sea, and world premiere operas by Thomas

Pasatieri and Joseph Baber.

Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Chetel holds a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.M. from the University of Maryland School of Music, and a D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Kentucky School of Music where his doctoral research addressed the publication and performance challenges of Hans Krasa’s children’s opera Brundibar.

 

Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 250
Contractors 30
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description CKYO offers four classical orchestras: Symphony, Concert, Repertory, and Preparatory String. The Symphony Orchestra (SO), CKYO’s most advanced ensemble, is composed of over ninety primarily high school players. The Symphony Orchestra plays advanced orchestral music in its original form with an emphasis on preparing students for collegiate or semiprofessional orchestras. TheConcert Orchestra (CO) is composed of over ninety high school and middle school students. The curriculum is designed to hone players’ skills as orchestral musicians and to help them to develop habits necessary for playing in an advanced ensemble through a focus on original-notation symphonic music. The Repertory Orchestra (Rep) offers young string and wind instrumentalists an opportunity to play in a full orchestra, and emphasizes learning, reading, and ensemble skills. The Preparatory String Orchestra (PSO) offers young string players an opportunity play in a string ensemble with an emphasis placed on basic ensemble techniques, rehearsal and performance etiquette.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Other Economic Level,
Description

The CKYO Jazz Arts Orchestra (JAO) offers high school students advanced training and performance opportunities with a big band style jazz ensemble. The Jazz Repertory Orchestra (JRO) offers an introductory jazz experience intended for beginning jazz students in middle or high school. Each jazz season concludes with a performance at the historic Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in downtown Lexington.

Budget 4000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Description

 

CKYO established the Friends in Music (FIM) program in 1996. CKYO Symphony Orchestra members act as mentors along with the Program Director and additional professional teachers to teach free stringed instrument lessons to children in Title I schools in Fayette County. FIM currently operates in 2 Fayette County middle schools. Additionally, FIM students receive highly subsidized private lessons from professional teachers in Lexington, provided in collaboration with Central Music Academy.

Category Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults,
Description

CKYO ensembles travel to local public schools throughout the year to perform. These concerts are intended to be fun and informative events for local school students that expose them to orchestral music performed at a high level by fellow students. Additionally the CKYO Music Director visits schools, classrooms, and orchestra rehearsal rooms to guest conduct throughout the community. Both of these programs are completely free to the public school system.

Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Description

CKYO aims to expand our ability to offer financial assistance to families participating in the organization. Raising funds to support this venture is critical to making CKYO an accessible part of music education in Central Kentucky.

Category
Population Served , ,
Description

North Limestone MusicWorks is an intensive musical training initiative based on the Venezuelan national youth orchestra program El SistemaEl Sistema  is a set of inspiring ideals that has led to an intensive after-school music program that seeks to effect social change through the pursuit of musical excellence. El Sistema focuses on children with the fewest resources and greatest need and is delivered at no cost to participants.

The North Limestone MusicWorks will be a 2.5-hour after-school daily music program for students of Arlington Elementary School. It will be the onlyEl Sistemaprogram between Cincinnati and Atlanta. MusicWorks will operate on an academic year calendar, following the public school system. The program will run five days a week, from 3:30pm-6:00pm, and provide a space in which the students feel safe and welcome. No fee will be charged to the participants.

Budget $60,000
Category
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments

Here at CKYO we believe in strong music education and creating those experiences for every child. In our 68 years, in addition to providing the highest level orchestral opportunities, the mission of CKYO has evolved to include creating equitable access to those opportunities as well. It is with this in mind that we formed programs such as Friends in Music, MusicWorks, and CKYO in the Schools. The students in all of our orchestras and these programs are a talented, eager, and diverse group, anxious to grow as both musicians and individuals. Studies show that students who study music have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills, work better in teams, and have better critical thinking skills than students who do not study music. While CKYO is an organization based in music, we believe that through this determined focus music can enhance the lives of the young people that it touches.

In order for our efforts to be successful we require the support of people like you. We would not be able to offer any of these programs without the donations and sponsorships of like-minded people and businesses throughout our community. This year we revived our Annual Campaign with a letter detailing our fundraising efforts, and  it is my pleasure to ask for your continued support. We view each and every dollar as an investment, not only in CKYO, but also in the lives of our students. 

We are looking forward to a sensational season with our CKYO community!

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2012
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Friend of Music, District 7Kentucky Music Educators Association2015
Friend of Music - StatewideKentucky Music Educators Association2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2016
Projected Revenue $406,700.00
Projected Expenses $406,700.00
Endowment Value $46,369.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
------
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified----$0
Individual Contributions$131,273$121,401$121,401
----$0
$165,143$146,487$146,511
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,633--$4,431
Membership Dues--$4,431$0
Special Events$10,877$11,082$11,082
Revenue In-Kind----$14,754
Other--$24$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$289,679$208,184$208,184
Administration Expense$94,825$95,401$95,401
Fundraising Expense--$325$325
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.810.870.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%69%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$424,827$379,952$379,952
Current Assets$20,134$38,651$38,651
Long-Term Liabilities----$0
Current Liabilities$29,561$24,674$24,674
Total Net Assets$395,266$355,278$355,278
Form 990s
2015 CKYO Form 990
2014 Form 990
2013 Form 990
2012 2012 990
2011 2011 990
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
2007 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
The financial challenges that we face stem mainly from the fact that CKYO strives to continue to offer excellent and relevant youth
programming for our community at low or no cost to our families. In the context of our ensembles this means offering more rehearsal
and performances and specifically more focused instruction in the form of consistent sectionals which require both rented space and
hired professional coaches. The CKYO Board of Directors has made every effort to keep ensemble tuitions as affordable as possible,
including offering need-based scholarships to qualifying families.
At Singletary Center for the Arts, our venue for concerts and two weekly rehearsals, rental rates for the space increase annually and we anticipate further increases in the future. For the past four seasons we have been able to negotiate a reduced rate increase and we will work to keep those rates in place going forward. In addition, CKYO continuously seeks opportunities for in-kind donations of rehearsal space to reduce costs.
 
The most significant financial challenge CKYO faces is our commitment to the community programs Friends in Music and North Limestone MusicWorks. These programs are supported through private donations and grant awards, not through tuition payments. In an effort to keep staff costs from increasing these funds are raised without the presence of a full-time development officer. Moving forward, CKYO seeks long-term funding for these community focused efforts to ensure their presence in the CKYO curriculum indefinitely.
Address 161 North Mill St
Lexington, KY 40507
Primary Phone 859 254-0796
Contact Email ckyo@ckyo.org
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Daniel Chetel
Board Chair Ms. Kirsten Kegley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Upper Right Marketing