Here's OrKidstra's Fall 2016 Newsletter!

empower kids - build community

OrKidstra Holiday Concert

Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 PM
in the auditorium at the
Bronson Centre

(211 Bronson Avenue)

Come celebrate with us & bring a friend or two!
"OrKidstra has helped me both as a musician and as a person giving me life skills which I use on a daily basis such as time management, dedication and perseverance." Rinila, 16

"I was born in Mumbai, India and I moved to Canada when I was 7. I first started going to OrKidstra in 2008 when they performed a concert at my elementary school. I remember being inspired by the sound filling our gym and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. OrKidstra has helped me both as a musician and as a person giving me life skills which I use on a daily basis such as time management, dedication and perseverance. 

I'm so grateful to all our donors: OrKidstra touches so many lives and with each donation you help make this amazing program grow and expand. Thank you for supporting OrKidstra!"
Read more of Rinila's story here.

 Watch "OrKidstra: The Power of Music" online!

CBC TV has spent the past year making a 45-minute documentary to capture OrKidstra’s inspiring story – how the power of music truly empowers kids and builds community.

Click here to watch the documentary online now!
Reaching for our potential: expansion to Vanier

After many months of planning, OrKidstra held its first classes for 50 very excited students in Rideau High School, in the under-served area of Vanier, on October 3rd, 2016. It was a great first day that included an impromptu performance for the kids and parents by OrKidstra teachers!

With your continued support, OrKidstra will continue bring the transformational power of music to under-served children and youth in our community and help them to reach their potential!
Find out more about our programs here.

OrKidstra performs at One Young World!

OrKidstra was honoured to perform at the Opening Ceremonies of the One Young World Summit on September 28, 2016 on Parliament Hill conducted by National Arts Centre Music Director and OrKidstra Ambassador Alexander Shelley!

Click here to enjoy photos from behind the scenes (featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau!) 

"OrKidstra has really given my life meaning. Your donations are helping to improve the quality of life for underserved kids in our community AND you are sharing the precious gift of music with them. That’s an amazing gift.”   Declan 

Declan started playing the French horn at OrKidstra at age 11 in 2008 and began playing the cello three years later. Declan is now an OrKidstra graduate, OrKidstra Teaching Artist and is studying at the University of Ottawa in the Bachelor of Music program specializing in Education.  
OrKidstra students play their part in "Close Encounters"
On November 7, OrKidstra students Derek, Emily and Peter participated in a very special concert  - “Close Encounters” - in Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre as part of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra (OYO) playing side-by-side with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO). OrKidstra student Peter Perez wowed the audience with sensitive and beautiful interpretation of "Gabriel's Oboe" from The Mission by Morricone. Photo by OrKidstra supporter Robert S. Vibert: click here for more event photos.

Alexander Shelley appointed OrKidstra Ambassador

Alexander Shelley, Music Director of the National Arts Centre’s (NAC) Orchestra; Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has joined celebrated pianist Angela Hewitt as an OrKidstra Ambassador. The announcement of the appointment was made by Claire Marshall, Chair of OrKidstra’s Board of Directors, and Mr. Shelley on Oct. 12 at the well-attended pre-concert chat preceding Ms. Hewitt’s beautiful interpretation of Beethoven, with the NAC Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Shelley. 

Mr. Shelley says, “Every time I work with the children of OrKidstra, I’m inspired by their skill and enthusiasm. I’m so pleased to be joining Angela Hewitt as an OrKidstra Ambassador and to have opportunities to support and help develop this incredible Ottawa-based program.”
Read more of this article here. 

students are busy preparing for our Holiday Concert!
Bring a friend and join us on Thurs., Dec. 22 at 6:30 PM at the Bronson Centre for some holiday fun!
Photo by R. Russell
Our heartfelt thanks to our faithful circle of OrKidstra friends!

As a donor, you play a key part in life-changing joy of OrKidstra.

Renew your contribution today and help under-served children in our community find their voice and reach their potential. 

OrKidstra would like to thank their corporate, public sector, local business and community supporters for 2015-2016!
Meet our Staff!
Derek Hatch (Program Coordinator)

Derek is a 2015 graduate of the BSc. Biomedical Science program with a Minor in Music at the University of Ottawa. Read more about Derek here.

Rebecca Russell (Development & Communications Officer)

Rebecca is an experienced communications and development professional and a Dora award-winning multidisciplinary performing artist. Read more about Rebecca here.

Meet our Board of Directors for 2016-2017!

From left to right: Claire Marshall, Salim Charabati, David Van Dine, Ed Ogonek, Jane Anido, Penelope Feather, Leslie Ram, Lynda Heyden-Carroll, Julia Huffman, Executive & Artistic Director of OrKidstra Tina Fedeski and Raymond Murray. Missing: Jeff Heynen.
For more on the OrKidstra Board of Directors, click herePhoto by R. Russell
See you on Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 PM at our Annual Holiday Concert at the Bronson Centre!
Donations welcome
Copyright © 2016 OrKidstra, All rights reserved.
Fall Newsletter, 2016

Many photos in this newsletter compliments of Robert S. Vibert

Our mailing address is:
The Bronson Centre
211 Bronson Avenue, Studio 204
Ottawa, ON, K1R 6H5

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