Our middle school is located in Louisville, KY. We are a premier middle school working to empower students to be life long learners. Our orchestra students strive for excellence in and out of the classroom because of their passion and love of making music. Here at the RO, we try hard at everything we do and focus our time to be the best person we can be. Being the orchestra teacher is a pleasure every day. Music is something that helps them escape from what they go through in their lives and seeing them grow from that makes my job not seem like a job.We are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all.
Darrick Turner, Orchestra Director
NEWS & UPDATES
FROM THE LOUISVILLE YOUTH ORCHESTRA!
August 13th, 2020
Dear LYO Parents, Members and Instructors,
The first rehearsal of the Louisville Youth Orchestra is Sunday, September 20 – AND IT IS IN-PERSON! Rumors are circulating that arts groups in Metro-Louisville are or will be going dark for the season. While in some cases this may be happening – IT IS NOT THE CASE FOR THE LYO!
After five months of careful, concise planning we are ready to launch our 62nd season. Our year will be a mix of in-person and on-line activities, new rehearsal locations and video-taped performances.
Our Re-Opening Plan has been filed with the Governor’s Health and Safety Committee and includes social-distancing, pristine conditions and additional support staff to keep all members safe.
Our Serenade and Concert Orchestras will have a new rehearsal home at DanceLouisville (8023 Catherine Lane, Louisville, KY 40222) – a dedicated space with extremely low traffic for enhanced safety. Our Repertory, Symphony and Horizons Ensembles will be located at the St. Matthews Pavilion (4121 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40207) and enjoy no less than six large rooms in which to spread out, stay safe and make great music.
Until concert halls re-open and audiences are welcomed back, we will be video-taping our performances in quality settings in order for parents and audience members to have a record of the event.
In addition, for a small fee, our members have the option of signing up for Music Theory and Music History classes. These ten-week courses will add much to the existing educational value of our organization.
Members will also enjoy FREE twice-monthly, on-line masterclasses with nationally renown artists from major symphony orchestras and many with acclaimed solo careers.
So……what are you waiting for? It’s time to register for your on-line audition and become a part of this great musical family.
Go to and follow the instructions. We’ve made it easier than ever to join!
Come Grow With Us!
Louisville Youth Orchestra
STUDENT'S FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL (NTI 2.0)
August 25, 2020
Be sure to check the Ramsey Instructional Schedule for details on when your classes will be meeting during NTI!
*The photo above was taken at the Kentucky Center for the Arts with 65 orchestra students going to see the Louisville Orchestra perform Mahler's 5th Symphony!*
A Message to The Ramsey Orchestra from Bob Gillespie!
Bob (Robert) Gillespie is the coauthor of the Essential Elements Series and retired professor of string education and pedagogy at THE Ohio State University. You can read more about his bio on the OSU website! Thank you so much for taking the time to wish our orchestra students a good year, even during NTI!
Ramsey Orchestra is all about taking opportunities. Being a part of anything is an opportunity! So, we work on many exciting projects, performances, collaboration, to ensure our students achieve whatever they want in life, and are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about what we do, who we are, and how we work every day to promote positive change.
The Director's Award is a three year process and is the highest achievement our orchestra students can receive in our program. This student is voted on by the Ramsey Staff and is presented a plaque and name engraved in the orchestra room. Congratulations to Isabelle Hoffman, a Cellist, Section Leader, and all-around awesome and very deserving recipient. We're thankful for her leadership and consistent hard work every day!
STUDENT OF THE MONTH
Every month, we will feature our student of the month! This student expresses great dedication, leadership, and passion for music and receives a goodie bag and recognition completely by their peers! It shows the impact one person can make and we very proud of our many recipients! Be sure to check in at the beginning of every month to see our winners!
As a musician, we hold an important role in contributing to creating music. Everyone performs as a soloist in their own way, but collectively can create beautiful music. We have events such as JCPS All-County Orchestra, Louisville Youth Orchestra, University of Louisville Honors Orchestra, and many, many more that students can audition for and go as a solo artist!
2020 KMEA DISTRICT ASSESSMENT RESULTS
The Kentucky Music Educators Association District Assessment happens every March. This performance is judged by four professional music educators and every middle and high school ensemble receive a cumulative rating of Distinguished (1), Proficient (2), Apprentice (3), or Novice (4). For the first time in Ramsey History, each orchestra participated in KMEA and received an overall distinguished rating on top of it all!
RO 6TH GRADE DISTINGUISHED
RO 7TH GRADE DISTINGUISHED
RO 8TH GRADE DISTINGUISHED
STANDARD BASED GRADING
The "backbone" of Ramsey! We are thankful for Dr. Greenwell and all of our administration's hard work to make great things happen for our students! We could not function properly without their support.