The mandate of OrKidstra is to give children from under-served communities the opportunity to learn and make music together and the chance to benefit from the individual skills and community values that are inherent in music-making.
The OrKidstra program was created in 2007 to give children from under-served communities the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and sing in a choir. Now in its ninth year, OrKidstra program has over 500 children from more than 42 different linguistic backgrounds.
This success has been enabled by the phenomenal support of Ottawa's community. The many financial, instrument, and in-kind donations – as well as several amazing fund-raising concerts – have given us the confidence to move forward and offer this opportunity to many more children.
The OrKidstra program is bringing so many parts of the community together. This helps to strengthen the bonds between like-minded organizations to create a musical force loud and harmonious enough to make a big difference!