I LOVE WCYO Fundraiser

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
Stephanie Keogh
Christine DiGuiseppi
Sujata & Rohit Saraf
Michael Isaac
Frank Andorka
William Runyan
Spencer Hance
Carole & Tom McLemore
Joyce Flanagan
Mary Case
Harold & Helaine Fischer
Margaret Wilder Davis
Lesley Lambton
Kathleen Murdock

SWEETHEART – A donation of $51 to $200
Elizabeth Meyer-Gross
Elaine Lipp
Laura Dijs
Lisa Wroblewski
Laura Ye
Julia Choi
Melissia Murray-Bance
Marta Alfaro & Sanjay Gupta
Lori Abbott
Richard Giordano
Jennifer Caron
Jin Jin Chai & Charles Whitehurst
Karen Bolinder
Beth Frasco
Sabina Slavin
Steven Feldman
Agnieszka Matczuk
Birgit Kovacs
Robert Nelson
Leon Borden
Chris Hsu & Carol Huang
Esther & Joe Siegel
Clare Murphy Jelilian
Carrie Grundman
Chiaohsin Chien
Tabitha Rudd
Debbie Jelilian
Stuart Conley
Catherine Hazlehurst

CUPID – A donation of $201 or more
Gina Wilson
Kristin & Eric Moore
CT Gold & Silver (Donna Dillulio)
Growponics LLC (Dillulio Family)
Armel & Valerie Kouassi
Patricia Mahl
Kenagy Family
Daniel Kaseman
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!