Registered Name: OrKidstra - Sistema Ottawa

Business Number: 832467153RR0001

OrKidstra is a social development program that empowers kids from under-served communities by teaching life skills – such as teamwork, commitment, respect and pride in achievement – through the universal language of music. With the passionate belief in the transformative power of music, OrKidstra started with 27 children in 2007 and now includes more than 700 children, ages 5 to 18, from over 62 linguistic and cultural backgrounds.


Our mission is to empower kids and build community through the universal language of music.

We carry out this mission by providing children from low-income families with free group and individual music lessons and the chance to learn important life skills like respect, compassion, teamwork, and responsibility through playing and singing together. OrKidstra brings the joys and challenges of making music together to children who might otherwise be left out.

When you donate to OrKidstra, you help create a future where all children and youth have the opportunity to find their voice and build their potential through music. We are proud to say that 100% of donations from individuals go directly to programming!

What People Are Saying

"OrKidstra teaches me music as well as helping me to become a better person. "

— Peter, OrKidstra Graduate

"OrKidstra has shown how music can change the prospects of children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn an instrument. This program embodies the values of unity, trust, creativity and hope for the future, which are so needed in the world today. Bravo, OrKidstra!"

— Angela Hewitt, CC, OBE, Acclaimed Pianist and OrKidstra Ambassador

"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, OrKidstra Graduate

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