OrKidstra is an Ottawa-based social development program, which gives children from under-served areas the opportunity to learn life skills – such as teamwork, commitment and responsibility – through the joys and challenges of singing and playing music together.
OrKidstra’s mission is to empower kids and build community through music. OrKidstra accomplishes this mission by providing children from under-privileged communities with free instruments and lessons, giving them the chance to reach for success through music.
The program began in 2007 with 27 children and the passionate belief in the transformative power of music. It has since grown to include over 700 children, ages 5-18, from 42 cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and has become a world-class example of why music is called the universal language.
In high-demand for their energy and musicianship, OrKidstra has performed on the JUNO awards broadcast, on Parliament Hill as part of the Canada Day 150 Celebrations and many more. The charity is grateful to have the support of two OrKidstra Ambassadors: acclaimed pianist Angela Hewitt, C.C., O.B.E, and Alexander Shelley, Music Director NAC Orchestra.