10 Stories of Possibility!
In honour of OrKidstra’s 10th Anniversary year in 2017, and our 10 Leading Notes, we’d like to share with you 10 very special stories; 10 stories that illustrate the wonderful possibilities that can happen when kids experience the joys and challenges of making music at OrKidstra! Look out for a new story of possibility at the beginning of every month!
Shan says “I was born in Eritrea [Africa]. When I was two, we escaped to Sudan on foot because there was a lot of violence and fighting in Eritrea and it wasn’t safe anymore. My Dad’s Uncle helped my mom, my dad, my little brother and me come to Canada in 2011 when I was six. We speak Bilen at home and, before I came to Canada, I didn’t speak any English except for knowing a few words. It was a big transition coming here…”
READ MORE OF SHAN’S STORY OF POSSIBILITY HERE.
Peter says “I was eight years old when I joined OrKidstra. For almost 10 years, OrKidstra has encouraged me to continue improving every day. When I grow up, I want to become a professional musician and I think OrKidstra is definitely helping me to reach my goals: OrKidstra teaches me music as well as helping me to become a better person…”
READ MORE OF PETER’S STORY OF POSSIBILITY HERE.
THE JUNO AWARDS
On April 2, 2017 OrKidstra performed “Lost Boy,” accompanying JUNO Award-winning artist Ruth B, on The JUNO Awards broadcast (in Ottawa) on CTV. Big thanks to MusiCounts for inviting OrKidstra to be a part of the 2017 JUNO Awards and to both MusiCounts and TD for their support!
Sixteen-year-old OrKidstra student Amar says “I absolutely love my OrKidstra family and all the amazing opportunities that come with it. My JUNO Awards experience was inspiring. Our rehearsal could have never prepared us for the excitement and breathtaking experience we had at The JUNOs: it was absolutely life changing.” WATCH THE VIDEO!
MARIE AND HER CHILDREN MICHEALA, JADEN AND ALEX
Marie says “I registered my daughter Micheala  and my son Jaden  – I thought OrKidstra would only work for them – but when I came to OrKidstra’s Vanier Hub, I talked to Madame Tina and she invited my son Alexandre-Medgi  to join the singing group! Alex has cerebral palsy so his physicality is very difficult for him, but he has a very bright mind. Alex was enjoying the singing and was very happy so he said yes!”
READ MORE OF MARIE’S STORY OF POSSIBILITY HERE.
TREASURE YOUR INSTRUMENT
Edna and Ariana: two young women with a great love of music and the violin. Both 11 years old when they received their first full-sized violin. Both playing the instrument with family and friends and learning to express themselves through its beautiful sound.
Edna received her Jacobus Stainer violin in 1910; just over 100 years later, Ariana is playing the same violin in OrKidstra.
READ MORE OF ARIANA’S STORY OF POSSIBILITY HERE.
TODAY’S GRADUATES, TOMORROW’S LEADERS!
It’s a very proud moment. Four teenagers stand on the stage – they are smiling – they know how hard they’ve worked and how much they’ve accomplished to get to this moment. David (18), Celeste (17), Derek (17), and Kina (18); these outstanding young women and men are OrKidstra’s graduates of 2017.
David, Celeste, Derek and Kina are sad to leave their OrKidstra family, but also excited about the next chapter of their lives: all four graduates will be continuing onto post-secondary education…
In this video, Jason shares how he discovered his passion for the violin and how music and OrKidstra helped him get through a very difficult time in his life.
Jason says “What I think about practicing is that it will make you succeed in life. I say this because I’m very grateful and want to encourage other kids in music.”