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Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra Celebrates 50​th Anniversary with Endowment Campaign

Posted September 24, 2018 in Press Releases

LORAIN COUNTY, OH—The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, which now serves hundreds of children in the region annually, celebrates its 50th anniversary this season with special alumni events, trips to the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, and the launch of a $50,000 endowment campaign. NOYO was founded in 1969 as the Lorain County Honors Orchestra. Since then, the organization has grown to include five ensembles, two summer camps, a chamber music program.In the past four years alone, ensemble enrollment has increased from 70 players in the 2014-2015 season to 180 young musicians this season. In total, last year NOYO served more than 230 students with the inclusion of its Lorain County Arts Academy after-school program, Summer Symphony strings camp, and Chamber Music Program.

“Being a part of NOYO’s 50th anniversary is an honor,” said Executive and Artistic Director Andrew Machamer. “NOYO has done so much good in the community. I can’t go a few days without meeting people who want to share, ‘I was in NOYO when I was younger,’ or ‘my children played in NOYO.’ Our goal is to ensure NOYO’s strength as an organization and share music with the next 50 years of young musicians.”

To that end, the organization also announces a $50,000 endowment campaign goal intended to sustain NOYO for the next 50 years and more. Income from the endowment will be used for tuition scholarships for students.

“The impact that NOYO has had on its thousands of alumni and our community over the past 50 years is immeasurable,” said Rosalind Soltow, president of NOYO’s Board of Trustees. “I hope that our community members join us in making a gift — big or small — to celebrate NOYO’s achievements and guarantee that we can continue to provide exceptional music education for children in our area for generations to come.”

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