The Bega Valley Youth Orchestra was founded in February 2020. It currently consists of two string ensembles: a beginner ensemble and an advanced ensemble (highschoolers). We meet weekly and are working towards a Youth Festival performance in November.
We are looking to expand the orchestra by attracting more kids to string instruments as well as holding extra masterclass days.
We need funding to offer scholarships for families in need and to provide smaller instruments to kids just starting out. Kids go through 3 different sized instruments before they can purchase a full-size, and even 1/4 size instruments can cost over $1,000.
Having access to quality teachers, instruments and high level ensembles is incredibly important for kids, especially in regional areas. Having this orchestra in the Bega Valley means that local families are no longer having to consider sending their kids to Canberra or Sydney for lessons (3 or 6 hour drives!).
A youth orchestra gives young kids and teenagers alike a cohort of like-minded peers and mentors to look up to. It is a safe environment for kids to grow and learn.
Many regional families cannot afford the cost of lessons, instruments or extra-curricular activities. We offer scholarships to kids who would not otherwise be able to attend, instruments for families to borrow, and scholarships to families who have trouble affording lessons.
We are looking for donations to:
- cover the rental cost of our rehearsal venue ($220 per term or $880 per year)
- purchase instruments for students to borrow ($1600 currently needed to purchase hard cases for cellos)
- offer scholarships for families who can’t afford orchestra fees ($480 per year per child)
- offer an annual scholarship for private lessons ($1600 annually for a primary aged student or $3200 annually for an advanced student)