Announcing the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Instrument Donation Project (KID Project)

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the KSO Instrument Donation Project (KID Project) to help give the gift of music to young aspiring musicians.

Do you have a gently used instrument gathering dust in your closet? Are you looking for a meaningful way to give back to your community? The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra created the KSO Instrument Donation Project (KID Project) to help provide local students a chance to discover their passion for music.

Instruments will be collected from the community, inspected, cleaned and repaired. The KSO will then donate these instruments to music departments of DeKalb County schools for use by music students who lack the financial means to rent or buy their own instrument. All types of band and orchestra instruments may be donated. (Pianos and organs cannot be accepted.) If you do not have an instrument to donate but still want to support the KID Project, we gladly accept monetary donations for repairs as well.

In 2022, the KSO established the Music Education Outreach program. “The KID Project is a new initiative this year to build and expand our programs to help give more students in DeKalb County opportunities to learn on quality instruments,” says Deb Loitz, KSO Music Education Outreach chair. “Many students in our community are interested in music but are unable to participate due to family financial constraints. We hope the KID Project will help bridge the gap to ensure that more students have the chance to enjoy the many benefits of studying music.”

The KSO is hosting several opportunities to donate an instrument. You may bring your donation to any of these upcoming events:
● The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Pops Concert: A Tribute to John Williams – Saturday, March 23, 7:30 pm, NIU Music Building
● KID Project Drive-Through Community Drop-Off Day – Saturday, April 6, 10 am to 1 pm, circle drive behind the Ellwood House, 420 Linden Place, DeKalb
● The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Concert: A Taste of Italy – Saturday, May 4, 7:30 pm, NIU Music Building

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Rockford Area Arts Council which receives support from the City of Rockford, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and its members. It is also partially supported by the 100+ Women Who Care in DeKalb/Sycamore Greatest Impact Award. “We extend our heartfelt gratitude for the invaluable support we’ve received from both the 100+ Women Who Care in DeKalb/Sycamore and the Rockford Area Arts Council,” says Courtney Hanna-McNamara, KSO general manager. “The KID Project owes its inception and success to the support of these organizations and the generosity of our community.”

For more information about the KID Project please visit or contact Deb Loitz, KSO Music Education Outreach chair, at

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