Tina Fedeski (Executive & Artistic Director)
After a life-transforming experience in UK’s Bedfordshire Youth Orchestra, Tina went on to study at the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, and then played principal flute in the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra for four seasons. After spending a six-month sabbatical on full scholarship at the Banff Centre for the Arts, she moved to Ottawa, where she played with all the established orchestras and festivals in Ottawa including the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.
In 1999, in partnership with her husband Gary McMillen, she opened The Leading Note, now recognized as one of Canada`s leading classical print music stores – and a hub of the classical music scene in Ottawa.
In 2007, motivated by her belief in the transformative power of youth music, Tina visited Venezuela to research El Sistema. Soon afterwards, she and co-founders Gary McMillen and Margaret Tobolowska founded OrKidstra (previously known as The Leading Note Foundation.)
As Executive Director, Tina proudly accepted a Peace Award from the Mayor of Ottawa in 2011 in recognition of OrKidstra’s impact on the community of Ottawa. In spring 2012, Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre, presented Tina with the Leading Women/Leading Girls, Building Communities Award. She is also recognized as a Kickass Canadian, and late in 2012 she received, with immense gratitude, the Canadian Institute for Child Health Leadership Award.
Carrie Olivo (General Manager)
Carrie joined the OrKidstra team as our Manager in summer 2014. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector as an administrator for 15 years, including the United Way and YMCA-YWCA. Carrie is an alumna of the Wexford School for Performing Arts in Toronto, where she performed and recorded with various stage, jazz and concert bands on the alto and baritone saxophones. She holds a Music Degree in Classical Vocal Performance from York University. When she’s not in the studio, Carrie enjoys the great outdoors and is an avid geocacher and cyclist.
“Living in Centretown, I see first hand the difference the OrKidstra program makes. It’s amazing what can happen when you give kids the chance to shine, the opportunity to communicate and express themselves in a positive way together. They find their voice, and it is beautiful.” – Carrie Olivo
Derek is a 2015 graduate of the BSc. Biomedical Science program with a Minor in Music at the University of Ottawa. Derek became involved with OrKidstra as a student of the Experimental Teaching Artist Program (ETAP) offered at the University of Ottawa. After completing ETAP, Derek continued to volunteer with OrKidstra, assisting with the teaching of percussion and KiddlyWinks. Derek officially joined the office team in May 2016, and now works in the office as OrKidstra’s Program Coordinator.
Rebecca Russell (Development & Communications Officer)
Rebecca is an experienced communications and
development professional and a Dora award-winning multidisciplinary performing artist. Rebecca holds a BA Combined Honours in Music and Theatre from Dalhousie University, a post-graduate certificate from Centennial College in Corporate Communications and Public Relations (Honours) and the Association for Fundraising Professionals’ Certification in the Fundamentals of Fundraising.
Rebecca has performed professionally as a singer and performing artist with companies such as Against the Grain Theatre, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Neptune Theatre, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Essential Opera and many more. Rebecca has worked in communications and development with organizations such as the Classical Theatre Project, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and, most recently, Rebecca spent three years with The AFC – the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry managing all aspects of fundraising, event planning, communications, marketing and development. Rebecca joined the OrKidstra team in September 2016.