About Us

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 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.

Our vision is a future where all children and youth have the opportunity to find their voice and build their potential through music.

Our mandate 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 inherent in music-making.


  • 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

Legal Status

OrKidstra is a registered charitable organization (83246 7153 RR0001). We are pleased to issue official income tax receipts for all donations.