Play It Forward


Thanks to the generosity of the Ad Astra Foundation and members of our Board of Directors, gifts given during our Play It Forward Matching Challenge had TWICE the impact, matched up to $15,000! Thank you to all who joined us on Monday, June 29th at 7:30pm via Facebook Live and YouTube for Play It Forward:LIVE! a celebration of Outstanding Students making Amazing Music!PIF$15K Tracker for website (2)

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


Big Goal, Big Impact

Every year we provide 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 was to raise $15,000 of support from the community, matched dollar-for-dollar by the Ad Astra Foundation and Members of our OKYO Board of Directors, for a total of $30,000 or more of support for music education! We are thrilled to have exceeded that goal, thanks to the generous donors listed below – thank you! Learn more to see how OKYO students Play It Forward and lift up their communities through music. One new outreach effort of our students and alumni is our Music Matters to Me Videos – this spring students are sending in recordings of themselves to share with senior living centers to provide the comfort of music to those who re unable to have family visits at this time. Learn how you can be a part of incredible work like this!


NEW Grandparents Circle

Now when a grandparent (or anyone who fills that special role) makes a gift to OKYO in honor of their grandchild, we have a special giving circle just for them! Benefits start this fall and will include a special listing in our programs and a photo for grandma or grandpa of their favorite student with their OKYO conductor!

Here’s How It Works



Thank you to our 2020 Play It Forward Donors:

Diane Moerschel
Pam Mowry
Karina Fisher
J.David Finnell
The Thai Family – Catie, Miranda, and Patrick
Kelli Ingels
Ann Blasdel
Jean Hickerson
Rachel Hagemeier in honor of Paul Hagemeier
Alexander Mickelthwate
Kevin Zamborsky
Jan McDaniel
Tara Burnett
Ben Bigler
Marcia Johnsen
Kim Fletcher
LeAnn Hufnagel
Verona Brady
George Higdon
Simon Brown
Mark Leidner
Richard McIntyre
Sid & Mari Lloyd
Tira Vinson
Eddie Lopez
Forrest and Debbie Fisher
Mike Lowrey
Samantha Sy
Ken Darvin
Christen Haller in honor of Annabelle Haller
Mark Parker
Jerry Messick
Zachary Reaves in memory of Michael Reaves
Jared Woolly
Dr. Matthew Mailman in honor of Dr. John Clinton 
Robyn Hilger
Caleb Mitchum
Montu Patel
Weili Zhang
and Gaye McGovern
Heather Selby
David Garrett
Maria Urlaub
Rudi Nollert and Mary Brodnax in Honor of Dr. Clinton
Charlene Dell
Elizabeth Venegas
Suzanne Dell
Laura Reese
Shaila Miranda
Jacqueline Krenowicz
Patrick Conlon and Christina Giacona
Catherine Reaves
Cheryl England
Carly Moguin
Jane Tweed in honor of Annabelle Haller
Jennifer Deachin in honor of Annabelle Haller
Annette Hager in honor of Madeline and Norah Hager
Dr. Steven C. Agee
Destiny McAffrey
Kathleen Young
Sarah Neely
David Woolly in honor of Peter Markes
Jeffrey Grogan
Paulette Schroeder
Chloe Oden
Arthur and Betty Thompson
Kevin and Margaret Brown
Kent and Hiromi Hood
Larry and Leah Westmoreland in honor of Dr. John Clinton
Phyllis Ford
Diane Liebl
Trina Hope and Warren Metcalf
Donald and Rebecca Davis
Craig and Traci Ferguson
Jean Leidner in memory of Ronald Anderson
Katherine Story
Rachel Hagemeier in honor of Paul Hagemeier
David Yao
Amy McGovern
Michelle Palmer
Annette Hager
Drs. Quang and BaoLien Tu
Dr. and Mrs. Carl Schaefer
Dawn Thrailkill
Alice Fielding
Mark Osborn
Alexis Carter-Black
Kris and Peter Markes
Dr. Mark and Teena Belcik
Cris and Melody Garza
Nathan Young
Markshen Wu, Amelia Sanders


Your support will change lives through music – thank you!