UK Music Outreach Programs

For Children (K-12)

UK String Project

The UK String Project is an outreach program which offers affordable weekly class instruction on stringed instruments at UK  on Saturday mornings for Central Kentucky children aged 8 and up. An Adult Beginner Class is also offered on Saturday mornings.

Academy for Creative Excellence
Classes in Singing-Acting-Dancing, Jazz/Tap/Ballet for the Musical Theatre performer, Acting Classes, Voice Lessons, Costume Design and more. UK Opera Theatre offers year-round training for 1st - 8th grade students, and music and dance classes for high schoolers.

Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (SOOP)
Taking opera to K - 6 students and communities across Kentucky that may not otherwise have opportunities to experience it. The program's goal is to increase the impact of the arts within the Commonwealth, providing improvements to the quality of life across the state.

UK Steel Band
The UK Steel Band has played for over 5,000 students annually since 1992.

Tubas Around the World - A musical tour of countries and cultures  
Presented by the University of Kentucky Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble directed by Skip Gray.

This program presents a guided world tour that discusses people and places using music as the inspiration and link. The tour begins in the U.S. and moves through France, England, Russia, Italy, Germany, Poland, Nigeria, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, and back home to Kentucky. In addition to cultural aspects of each nation, specific musical terms and concepts are discussed and demonstrated including meter, Rondo form, major and minor scales, ballet, dynamics, African Drumming, jazz, and much more.

Geared towards K-5, also adapted to Middle and High School levels. The approximate time required for performance is adaptable from 45 to 70 minutes; a typical presentation lasts 55 minutes. Study guide materials are provided. Program cost is: single performance-$350; multiple performances in same location on same day-$300 each. Call Skip Gray at (859)257-8822 or

For Schools and Students (mostly High School)

High School Invitational Concert Band Festival
Call 859-257-BAND.

UK High School Honors Wind Ensemble
Call 859-257-BAND or UK Bands.

High School Invitational Concert Band Festival
Call 859-257-BAND.

UK High School Honors Wind Ensemble
Call 859-257-BAND or UK Bands.

A day of workshops, concerts and clinics. Call 859-257-7177 or UK Bands.

Woodwind Day
An exciting day of classes, clinics, rehearsals, and performances, led by UK’s outstanding Woodwind Faculty. Open to middle and high school students and their teachers, the day promises to have something for everyone. 

Male Chorus Day
Workshops and performances for choral ensembles featuring the UK Men's Chorus and acoUstiKats. Call 859-257-5897.

For Advanced Students (high school, college, graduate, pre-professional)

Choral Literature (MUS 625)
Analysis of choral literature from the major style periods (chant – present). 3 hrs credit. Call 859-257-5897.

For Teachers/Professionals

The Creative Choral Workshop.  June. Clinic for choral directors. The Creative Choral Workshop

Keyboard Ensemble and Technology Seminar
A class for collegiate, professional and private piano/music teachers. Emphasis is on ensembles, improvisation, technique, pedagogy, repertoire, electronic and computer music, and group instruction. Credit available. Call Vicki McVay: 859-257-2863 or

Orff-Schulwerk and General Music
Taught by a prestigious team of master teachers.

For Adults and Families

Annual Big Band Blast
A concert with featured middle and/or high school jazz bands, University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble and Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors. Call 859-257-8173 or UK Bands.

Annual Big Band Showcase
Free and open to the public. Features Jazz Arts Foundation Youth Ensemble, University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble, Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors. Call 859-257-8173 or UK Bands.

New Horizons Band of Lexington Kentucky
The New Horizons Band (NHB) is living proof that, when it comes to learning to play a musical instrument, it truly is “never too late”.  The NHB concept, the result of a ground breaking music course at the University of Rochester’s (NY) Eastman School of Music, has become a popular performing ensemble in communities across the U.S., enticing amateur musicians ranging in age from their early 50s into their 90s.

A recreational music making program to enhance student training, wellness and community engagement.

Opera 101 Lecture Series
Tedrin Blair Lindsay, instructor. Presented by UK Opera Theatre and OperaLex. Information: UK Opera Theatre at (859) 257-9331,