OrKidstra is a social development program for children aged 5 to 18 living in under-served areas of Ottawa, Canada. Our mission is to empower children 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.
- Provides children in under-served communities with free group and individual music lessons and the opportunity to perform in an OrKidstra ensemble and/or a KidSingers choir
- Instills and reinforces values and skills that are inherent in music-making – skills like mutual respect, discipline, teamwork, creativity, and self-confidence
- Fosters community participation by encouraging young musicians to become mentors to children in the program
- Broadens the community’s understanding of the value of music and the arts by involving volunteers with diverse backgrounds and skills to establish a vibrant network of music educators, players, and community members to strengthen music programs