Play It Forward 2018

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 Board 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 this spring. Thanks to our generous, hard-working Board of Directors and donors who have already made their gifts (see list below), we are already 72% of the way to that goal – check back here for campaign progress!

Playing It Forward with Pride

Playing It Forward is something to be proud of, so we’re proud to share a brand new Play It Forward tote bag:

 All New or Upgraded Donors of $65 or more who gave by May 1st were eligible to receive a Play It Forward tote bag as a token of our appreciation – ideal for music folders, library books, whatever you need to carry! 


Play It Forward and Join Us!

Many thanks to the wonderful Play It Forward 2018 Donors! Make your gift and join this list (or if you prefer to remain anonymous, just let us know when you make your gift):

  • Paul and Debra Hagemeier
  • Dean Mark Parker
  • Shawn Black and Alexis Carter-Black
  • Peter and Kris Markes
  • Nathan Young
  • Cris and Melody Garza
  • Caleb Mitchum
  • Dave and Karen Prior
  • Ji Yan
  • Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Schaefer
  • Joseph and Theresa Thai
  • Larry and Leah Westmoreland, In Honor of Dr. John Clinton
  • Rudi Nollert and Mary Brodnax
  • Quin Tran-Dykstra and Chris Dykstra
  • Phyllis Ford, In Honor of Zach, Natalie, Silas, and Stephen Emrich
  • Shawna and Mike Berryman
  • Trina Hope and Warren Metcalf
  • Mike and Barbara Mize
  • Dr. Joon Moon
  • Don and Ginny Evans
  • Rudi Nollert and Mary Brodnax
  • Phyllis Ford, In Honor of Zach, Natalie, Silas, and Stephen Emrich
  • Mike and Kelly Padgham, In Honor of Gena Alexander
  • Shawna and Mike Berryman
  • Laura Maxwell, In Honor of Christopher Maxwell
  • Aubrey Wellfare
  • Paul and April Ayers
  • Arlene and Steve Lam
  • Mike and Cathy Reaves
  • Susan Francis
  • Matthew E Young
  • Benjamin C Young
  • Richard and Joan Green
  • Angela Bolt
  • Shaila Miranda
  • Ronald and Maria Urlaub
  • Emily Carlson
  • Jeffrey and Jenifer Buyten
  • Vicki and Andrew Taylor
  • Lisa and Kenneth Darvin
  • Gloria Mooers
  • Carlene Edwards
  • Bob and Sherri Mitchum
  • Drs. Quang and BaoLien Tu
  • Darryl Green
  • Dr. Harry S and Elaine Boyd
  • Marla Lobley
  • Marvin and Ruthann Dirks, In Honor of Rachel Dirks – Happy Birthday!
  • Kevin and Margaret Brown
  • Arthur and Betty Thompson
  • Col. (ret.) Dean and Jeanne Jackson, In Memory of Sam Decker
  • Judy Schroeder
  • Judy and Tony Owens in Honor of Amanda