"I think music can really change your life. Since joining OrKidstra, I feel like I've gained intelligence that I can use for other things I might come across. If I wasn't part of OrKidstra I probably wouldn't be this organized and I probably wouldn't be doing to well at school. Being part of OrKidstra means that I am committed to something and that makes me more committed to doing school work."
Yoshuna,15, joined OrKidstra four years ago. She plays violin, sings in the Chamber and Senior choirs and was recipient of a scholarship to the Ottawa Children's Choir.
OrKidstra's mentorship program is one of the pillars of its community building philosophy. Young people who've had the benefit of music instruction give back by mentoring younger children.
One of OrKidstra's mentors is Ainsleigh Hennig,18. A Grade 12 student at Colonel By Secondary School, she has been working each week for the last two years with the intermediate and senior strings. Ainsleigh sees the positive difference music is making in the kids' lives. "I love music and playing the violin, and passing this love on to other kids is one of my favourite things to do."
Support for OrKidstra comes in many forms and from a variety of sources. A few examples:
In February the Gordon Harrison Gallery invited a group of KidPlayers to perform during a vernissage, to raise OrKidstra's profile (and some funds as well!).
Gordon Harrison Gallery
This winter the Viennese Opera Ball not only gave two of our Kids the chance to participate in the Ball's opening fanfare, but also donated some of the proceeds from the event to OrKidstra.
On the international front, visiting conductor and El Sistema alumnus Diego Matheuz, in Ottawa for a performance of Carmina Burana with the NAC Orchestra, found the time to share his conducting talents -- and some autographs -- with the KidPlayers and KidSingers.
Speaking of building community, our own Tina Fedeski and Margaret Tobolowska, OrKidstra's Executive Director and Artistic Director, were among those recognized with a Leading Women/Leading Girls, Building Communities award by Ottawa Centre's MPP Yasir Naqvi in March of this year.
Mark your calendar now for OrKidstra's end-of-year concert!
Thursday, June 21, 5:00 p.m.
211 Bronson Avenue
The Leading Note Foundation would like to thank the following corporate, public sector and local business supporters!
And heartfelt thanks to our faithful circle of
OrKidstra has experienced remarkable success, but success brings its own challenges! Though staff and volunteers work hard to stretch each and every dollar, demand for programs is exceeding current resources. We need your support more than ever.
Please play your part, and spread the word!
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Teach children the beauty of music,
and music will teach them the beauty of life