Play It Forward


The students served  by Oklahoma Youth Orchestras are learning new musical skills every week as they prepare for challenging and entertaining concerts for the community with their musical peers from across the metro, under the direction of our fantastic Artistic Staff

But that’s not all – in addition to providing musical instruction and experiences, we are developing the next generation of civic and arts leaders. Gaining life skills of creative problem solving and communication; performing free concerts for communities in need; volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and other service learning opportunities, and choosing to serve on the Student Leadership Council where students gain experience with group strategies and public speaking; our students know how to Play It Forward – to use their knowledge, skills, and dedication to make the world a better place.  

You can join us in this great work – Play It Forward with a donation to Oklahoma Youth Orchestras today!


Big Goal, Big Impact

This year we are providing musical opportunities through twelve different ensembles and programs to 400 Oklahoma students, ages 8 to 18. Over 4,000 community members enjoy our concerts and special performances throughout the season, and we frequently represent our city and state at music festivals and conventions.

To keep this good work going, our goal is to raise $20,000 of support from the community. Thanks to our generous, hard-working Board of Directors and donors who have already made their gifts (see list below), we are already 83% of the way to that goal – check back here for campaign progress!


Play It Forward and Join Us!

Many thanks to the wonderful Play It Forward 2019 Donors! Make your gift and join this list (or if you prefer to remain anonymous, just let us know when you make your gift):

  • Joseph and Theresa Thai
  • Paul and Debra Hagemeier
  • Dr. Mark Belcik
  • Shawn Black and Alexis Carter-Black
  • Peter and Kris Markes
  • Peggy Kahre
  • Nathan Young
  • Cris and Melody Garza
  • Caleb Mitchum
  • Jeff and Lee Grogan
  • Dave and Karen Prior
  • Laura Cunningham
  • Kevin and Margaret Brown
  • Hollis Taylor in honor of Joan Swinford
  • Paul and Teresa Springer in honor of Caleb Springer
  • Larry and Leah Westmoreland in honor of Dr. John Clinton
  • Arthur and Betty Thompson
  • Col. (ret.) Dean C. and Jeanne M. Jackson in memory of Karen Vollbrecht
  • Vicki Taylor in memory of Joan Swinford
  • Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Schaefer
  • Barbara and Mike Mize
  • Kathleen Young
  • David Woolly in honor of Peter Markes
  • Jared Woolly
  • Susan Bergen
  • Paul and April Ayers
  • Greg and Joy Bowes in Memory of Leah Leach
  • Gloria Mooers
  • Ron and Maria Urlaub
  • Phyllis Ford
  • Dr. Doris Wise and James Brabenec
  • Peggy Ferguson
  • Rene Holubec
  • Anonymous in Honor of Jeffrey Grogan
  • Tollefson Family
  • Matthew E Young
  • Mrs. Glenda Eisenhour
  • Duc and Thuy Tu
  • Drs. Quang and BaoLien Tu
  • Rudi Nollert and Mary Brodnax