Ways of Giving

Donations to the Niagara Youth Orchestra go directly toward a general bursary fund to assist talented musicians who would otherwise not be able to participate. 

As a registered charitable organization (119057644RR0001) we are able to issue tax receipts for any donation over $20.

We also have a number of endowed awards and bursaries. If you are interested in designating your donation toward a specific fund (descriptions below), please contact the General Manager directly at music@niagarayouthorchestra.org or 905-323-5892.

To make a donation, please make cheques payable to "Niagara Youth Orchestra" or give online by clicking on the button


Niagara Youth Orchestra Bursaries

Dodie Layton Bursary

Given to a current musician in the Junior Niagara Youth Orchestra who is in need of financial assistance, a bursary of a maximum of $300 is available. The musician must have completed a year of membership, and the family of the musician must apply for assistance by May 15th for the following season.

THE DORIS WHITMAN MEMORIAL MUSIC BURSARY

The purpose of this is to assist young instrumental musicians to pursue the mastery of their chosen instrument. The recipients must be a member of the NYOA, reside in the Region and demonstrates both financial need and a capability for benefitting from further training on their instrument. 

NYOA BURSARY

The purpose of this bursary is to fill instrumental vacancies in the senior NYO.  It is awarded for one year for up to $500.

Niagara Youth Orchestra Awards

DR. CHARLES AND WINIFRED SANKEY SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded to a graduating member of the NYO who will be continuing music studies in university.

DAN FUZZEN MEMORIAL AWARD

This award is presented to an NYO musician who is going to university or college to major in a subject other than music, and who has shown great dedication and commitment to the orchestra during his/her membership. 

NIAGARA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AWARD

The Niagara Symphony Orchestra Award will recognize a graduating musician who has demonstrated an exemplary level of musicianship during their tenure with the Niagara Youth Orchestra, and who will be pursuing studies in music performance at a college or university. 

NIAGARA YOUTH ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION AWARD

In an effort to recognize the contributions that members have made to the NYOA during their membership, awards will be presented to graduates who are continuing their post-secondary education at an accredited post-secondary institution, but who do not qualify for the Sankey Scholarships. The recipients must meet most of the following criteria:

  • Positive, supportive attitude
  • Motivation and leadership
  • Contribution to NYO musically and otherwise
  • Good citizen
  • Maturity, faithfulness, loyalty
  • Participation in extra events

PAUL vAN DONGEN FUND

Established at the 35th anniversary reunion to honour Paul van Dongen for creating the St. Catharines Junior Symphony in 1965, 

Thank you for supporting the Niagara Youth Orchestra

Without the generous support of our family and friends, our concert seasons would not be possible. As a not-for-profit organization run primarily by parent volunteers, we strive to make musical training and experiences accessible to our musicians and community

For the 2016/2017 concert season, we would like to thank the following individuals, foundations and corporations for their support:

  • City of St. Catharines
  • FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
  • Art & Val Fleming Fund at the Niagara Community Foundation
  • The Ontario Paper Thorold Foundation
  • Delta Bingo & Gaming
  • Cooper Wealth Management
  • Canadian Tire Financial Services
  • Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre
  • Long & McQuaid Musical Instruments
  • DPLU Music
  • Niagara Symphony Orchestra
  • Primavera Concerts
  • Ina Kaestner of Steeped Tea 
  • Bridgman & Durksen, Chartered Accountants
  • Fastax Niagara
  • Anonymous