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. Teachers are UK graduate and undergraduate string students mentored by master teachers from the UK faculty and from the community. Lexington elementary and middle school students in schools with orchestra programs must participate in their school orchestras to be eligible for UKSP. An Adult Beginner Class, taught by Dr. David Sogin, is also offered on Saturday mornings. Contact Daniel Mason, Director, at ukstringproject@gmail.com or call 859-257-9683.

Broadway Bound
Experience a fantastic, dazzling week developing new skills in the performing arts. Perform in a high-energy broadway-revue final production. For students in 1st through 8th grades. Vocal teachers, theatre professionals, and choreographers from UK Opera Theater and KCTC Summerfest! For more information, contact Mary Joy Nelson 849-494-3937, or email kctcbroadwaybound@yahoo.com, or on the web at Academy for Creaticve Excellence (A.C.E.).

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 graders, and music and dance classes for high schoolers. For more information, call (859)494-3937 or email ace.academy@uky.edu or visit Academy for Creaticve Excellence (A.C.E.).

Kentucky Band Camp
June. The Ultimate Camp  for Technique, Leadership and Learning - Drum Major Leadership Camp
Our expert staff of nationally known clinicians and instructors offer a challenging curriculum designed to provide leadership skills and inspire both the new and experienced drum major. For more information call 859-257-BAND or UK Bands.

The James Campbell Drumline Camp
June. The ultimate camp for the individual drummer, cymbal player, “pit” percussionist, or the entire section! Jim and his staff of experienced instructors offer a challenging curriculum designed to both inspire the beginner and challenge the advanced drum line. For more information call 859-257-BAND or UK Bands.

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 Dr. 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 United States 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. For more information or to schedule performances call Skip Gray at (859)257-8822 or skipgray@uky.edu.

For Schools and Students (mostly High School)

High School Invitational Concert Band Festival
March. For information, call 859-257-BAND.

UK High School Honors Wind Ensemble
February. For more information call 859-257-BAND or UK Bands.

High School Invitational Concert Band Festival
March. For information, call 859-257-BAND.

UK High School Honors Wind Ensemble
February. For more information call 859-257-BAND or UK Bands.

Day of Percussion
February. A day of workshops and concerts. Registration required. For more information: 859-257-8187 or Percussion at UK.

Trombone Day
November. A day of workshops, concerts and clinics featuring a world renowned trombonist. For more information call Bradley Kerns at 859-257-4484 or UK Trombone Studio.

Trumpet Day
March. A day of workshops, concerts and clinics. For more information call 859-257-7177 or UK Bands.

Male Chorus Day
January. Workshops and performances for choral ensembles featuring the UK Men's Chorus and acoUstiKats. For more information call 859-257-5897.

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

Choral Literature (MUS 625)
June. Analysis of choral literature from the major style periods (chant – present). Small class instruction with Dr. Jeff Johnson. 3 hrs credit. For Information contact 859-257-5897.

For Teachers/Professionals

The Creative Choral Workshop.  June. Clinic for choral directors. For information see: The Creative Choral Workshop or contact Dr. Jeff Johnson jeff.johnson@uky.edu.

Keyboard Ensemble and Technology Seminar
June. 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. For more information contact Vicki McVay: 859-257-2863 or vmcva00@uky.edu.

Orff-Schulwerk and General Music
June. Taught by a prestigious team of master teachers. For information contact Cecilia Wang: cecilia.wang@uky.edu, 859-257-8203 or Orff Schulwerk.

  • Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Levels 1, 2 and 3.
  • Schulwerk-Based Curriculum Development
  • Special topics in Orff Schulwerk.

For Adults and Families

Annual Big Band Blast
March. A concert with featured middle and/or high school jazz bands, University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble, Miles Osland, director; and Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors, Raleigh Dailey & Mark Clodfelter, directors. For more information call 859-257-8173 or UK Bands.

Annual Big Band Showcase
May. Free and open to the public. Features Jazz Arts Foundation Youth Ensemble - Larry Nelson, director; University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble, Miles Osland, director; Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors, Raleigh Dailey & Mark Clodfelter, directors. For more information 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 fifties into their nineties. For information see:  New Horizons Band of Lexington Kentucky

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

UK Opera Theatre/Lexington Opera Society Opera Outreach Program
Taking opera to K - 6 students and communities across Kentucky that may not otherwise have opportunities to experience it. Headed by Everett McCorvey, this program will take opera into areas of the Commonwealth that cannot afford to present the art form. The UK Opera Theatre will hold performances primarily for children in grades K-6 but also in many communities, particularly in eastern Kentucky and the most remote areas of the state. The program's ultimate goal is to increase the impact of the fine arts and art in general within the Commonwealth, providing improvements to the quality of life across the state. This is a UK Commonwealth CollaborativesQuality of Life program.

Opera 101 Lecture Series
Tedrin Blair Lindsay, instructor, speaks about classic operas from 10AM to noon, Saturdays from January to March, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington Green. Presented by UK Opera Theatre, Lexington Opera Society and Joseph-Beth. Fee is $25. Information: UK Opera Theatre at (859) 257-9331, opera@gmail.com or Lexington Opera Society (not a UK site).

It's a Grand Night for Singing!
June. Have you ever dreamt of performing in a Broadway show? Participation in UK Opera Theatre's annual celebration of great song and dance from Broadway and beyond is open by audition to anyone. Volunteers are also accepted for technical support, including scenery builders, costumers, painters, etc. Auditions are normally in March or April. Information: UK Opera Theatre at (859) 257-9331, opera@gmail.com or Lexington Opera Society (not a UK site).