I LOVE WCYO was a fundraiser held at Valentine’s Day 2021 to express how we feel about this very special organization, and to ask for support during these extraordinary times. We extend a heartfelt “Thank You!” to those who supported this fundraiser and became a WCYO Valentine, Cupid or Sweetheart. Your gift directly impacts the talented and dedicated youth musicians of the WCYO!
VALENTINE – A donation of up to and including $50
Sujata & Rohit Saraf
Carole & Tom McLemore
Harold & Helaine Fischer
Margaret Wilder Davis
SWEETHEART – A donation of $51 to $200
Marta Alfaro & Sanjay Gupta
Jin Jin Chai & Charles Whitehurst
Chris Hsu & Carol Huang
Esther & Joe Siegel
Clare Murphy Jelilian
CUPID – A donation of $201 or more
Kristin & Eric Moore
CT Gold & Silver (Donna Dillulio)
Growponics LLC (Dillulio Family)
Armel & Valerie Kouassi
Net Work for Good Donation
Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra (WCYO) is a non-profit organization with the mission to educate and inspire young musicians through the study and performance of classical and contemporary musical works, participation in enrichment activities, and engagement in the community. WCYO is comprised of three primary ensembles; Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and the Charles Ives Music Festival; a chamber music education and performance program. Hundreds of youth musicians from 5th to 12th grade have been members of our ensembles since the organization’s inception in 2002. All find a place of acceptance and encouragement in the WCYO, while developing their talent and love of music.
WCYO has faced challenges since the onset of the health crisis. By its very nature, playing music with an ensemble is a live, in-person activity. However, despite a required change of format, our artistic and administrative staff has worked diligently to continue serving our youth musicians safely and effectively. In the early days of the pandemic, the ensembles shifted rehearsals online, followed this fall by the start of a hybrid program of mixed virtual and small group in-person rehearsals. The work the WCYO board and staff is doing now to maintain our programs and stay connected with youth musicians will serve us well as we move through 2021 and look forward to celebrating of our 20th anniversary season in 2021-22!