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Why are the Kids all cheering?  



Jim Watson and TinaTheir director, Ms. Tina, has just been awarded the Peace Prize by Mayor Jim Watson! The award was one of four given on October 1st at City Hall for leadership in creating a peaceful society.




Prior to the Peace Awards event, the KidPlayers and KidSingers performed to a full house and resounding applause!


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A week after the award ceremony Friends of Peace informed The Leading Note Foundation that we would be receiving a $2000 Peace Grant to further our work with OrKidstra! It's gifts like these that inspire us and keep us going!


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Board member Susan Carter at the VOscars



In September, OrKidstra was one of three finalists for the VOscars (Volunteer Oscars!) Award for Best Non-Profit Volunteer Program, recognizing that our organization has "successfully built an environment that supports an enthusiastic and engaged volunteer base." This was Volunteer Ottawa's first annual VOscars event.










Summer News


Spacious new quarters became available in the Bronson Centre and we got the space! This is now the welcoming epicentre of OrKidstra -- the heart and home of many of our classes and rehearsals as well as our full time office space.


AND, when Josh Groban, pop music's opera star, came to Scotiabank Place as part of his world tour in July, he chose OrKidstra to receive $3000 from his Find Your Light Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people through education and the arts.

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Twenty Kids got free tickets and were thrilled to be invited backstage to meet Josh 


 New Developments 


OrKidstra is now in its fifth year, and once again, the programs are ramping up!

  • We've added two new KidPlayers violin programs, one at the Bronson Centre and the other at York Street School. (There were 75 applicants for 50 places!)
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  • Fourteen Ottawa U. music students now join our professional teachers to work one-on-one with our children (up from 7 last year) and a fantastic group of high school and Ottawa Youth Orchestra teenagers come weekly from across the city to mentor the children as musicians and role models
  • And we are in the process of hiring a full-time Program Coordinator!

Now we have to raise the money (over $200,000 a year) to sustain all this activity! 


OrKidstra involves 200 children from Centretown and Lowertown -- ninety per cent of whom receive, at no cost, the loan of instruments and semi-private or small-group music lessons. Everyone gets the chance to play in an orchestra and/or sing in a choir.


In their own words... 

     Oceane, 8 


"When you play in an orchestra, you have to listen to each other. You have to listen to what your mind is saying about being a good instrument player. My mind is saying: Be aware, care about your instrument, do your best and never, never quit because if you do your brain will jiggle and jiggle until something pops out!"




              Without our volunteers...

 we wouldn't be able to function!

Getting and keeping our strings in shape, for instance. Ottawa lutier Olivia Pelling spent many hours this summer preparing our stringed
instruments for use this fall.
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Martha Nabatian is at the Bronson Centre every Thursday, taking attendance, giving out snacks and solving whatever challenges arise. 
These are two of over 30 volunteers who help to make our organization tick.


The Leading Note Foundation would like to thank all its faithful individual donors as well as the following corporate and public sector supporters!

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P.S. You are cordially invited to our 
          Holiday Concert!

Date:   December 20th
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: The Bronson Centre
            211 Bronson St.  




Link to further information on....


The Leading Note Foundation which administers and runs the OrKidstra program



If you'd like speak to OrKidstra's Executive Director about how to donate or about any aspect of OrKidstra, please call Tina Fedeski at 613-897-3210



Teach children the beauty of music, 
and music will teach them the beauty of life 
Maestro Josť Antonio Abreu, Founder of the El Sistema orchestral program
                     for Venezuelan children and youth
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