ALTRUSA PRESENTS PENINSULA
YOUTH ORCHESTRA GRANT,
The Winter Concert of Peninsula Youth Orchestra presented more than just a music performance recital for about 100 students at various levels of learning.
The group also received a grant of $900 from Altrusa Foundation of Gig Harbor, and Altrusa International Foundation. The grant is to be used to replace about 30 music stands that have served the orchestra since it formed about 15 years ago.
Funds for the grant were obtained through an application to the international parent group of the local Altrusa Foundation. Altrusa of Gig Harbor has been a supporter of the local Youth Orchestra since it was formed in the late 1990s, and has provided annual scholarships since its beginning.
Inspiration for the private teaching orchestra’s formation came from a group of parents who wished to correct the lack of any string music program in the local school system. Since its beginning, PYO has gone from a few students at a single performance level to over 100 students performing at four levels, and including specialty Chamber and Quartets for advanced students.
As an added bonus, Altrusa announced the establishment of the Andrea Bryant Memorial Scholarship Fund within the Altrusa Foundation. Bryant was one the original teaching staff for the first orchestra, who passed away just after Christmas.
Donations to the fund can be made here at the Altrusa website on the Peninsula Youth Orchestra page.