We encourage and foster mentorship with all our students, along with peer-to-peer teaching, which breaks down barriers and fosters friendship. A child who knows five notes can help the child who knows only three.
We also proudly extend this philosophy to our partnerships with Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy and local high schools – from where OrKidstra has attracted many talented, compassionate young mentors who want to make a difference. Since our beginning in 2007, mentors have made a profound and positive impact on OrKidstra’s students – and it’s a two-way street, as there’s no better way to learn about your playing than by teaching it!
- David Baik
- Sarah Yerim Baik
- Nick Binette (OrKidstra Graduate)
- Connie Cheung
- Derek Ellis (OrKidstra Graduate)
- Evan Friesen
- Felix Hu
- Kimberly Liang
- Claudia Mazza (OrKidstra Graduate)
- Sean McAsey
- Kyle Myrfield
- Chris Pak
Do you want to share your experience as a musician? Are you passionate about giving back to Ottawa’s under-served communities? Do you want to enrich your own life? Contact OrKidstra to see if becoming a mentor is right for you.
All high school mentors can also use this opportunity to fulfill their provincially required volunteer hours. Please note that all mentors must have a current police check for the vulnerable sector.