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Orchestra in the Schools


Orchestra in the Schools: Inspiring success for all children through music

The Big Idea

Orchestra in the Schools creates opportunities for children to experience the joy of learning a musical instrument. Studying music and performance also comes with improvements in self-esteem, social development and teamwork. The nonprofit offers the free use of an instrument, small group lessons, and opportunities to perform in small groups and with a full orchestra. But even full tuition covers only about 30 percent of the cost of doing all of that. The Big Idea, Fill Every Chair, is a program to keep providing that musical education for students of all income levels. Fill Every Chair allows donors to sponsor an instrument of their choice, connecting them not only with the performance, but with the students who benefit directly.

My husband and I had the opportunity to listen to the children during their rehearsal with Mr. Paoletti. It was a wonderful and uplifting experience to see how engaged the children were. Mr. Paoletti is absolutely amazing with all of them! It was the first time I had observed him conducting. He hears every sound and brings each child and their instrument together with ease. It was a treat to experience. We are grateful that our son has this opportunity.

- Catherine and Kevin Wolf

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.