Support the MCO’s
Fiddlers on the Loose!
Donations to this program gratefully accepted through 12 March 2021!
THE MCO OFFERS AN ANNUAL PROGRAM that takes place mostly in remote parts of the province. For thirteen years, 6 musicians have traveled throughout Manitoba, giving workshops and concerts for students and communities. This Fiddlers on the Loose program is offered at no charge, and is supported entirely by donors and sponsors. We work closely with instructors in the Frontier School Division’s Frontier Fiddle program to support the wonderful work they do. We also offer free family concerts at libraries across Winnipeg during the spring break, at correctional facilities, and in towns throughout the province.
When we go into the schools, the musicians talk with students and answer their questions, and rehearse and perform with fiddle students for their school and their community. In many towns, private music lessons are not available, and students rely on YouTube to learn music technique. We try to encourage, guide, and support them, and in return they challenge and inspire us.
The Fiddlers on the Loose program is unique in Manitoba, and reaches about 1,600 young people each year. We visit as many communities as we can, large and small, from Snow Lake and Cranberry Portage to Churchill and Norway House. This year, of course, we have moved our program into the virtual realm, and we hope that can grow into a permanent part of our outreach, along with in-person visits.
Donation levels of support
If you would like to support the MCO outreach program, here are a few examples of what your donation can do for students throughout the province. During the pandemic, we are offering online options:
$2,500 funds a day of workshops and concerts in a remote town or First Nation. We rehearse with students and music teachers and perform together for the school and community.
$1,000 covers a workshop and school concert with student fiddlers in their school in a remote town or First Nation; young people perform for their peers while honing their performance skills and building self confidence.
$500 funds 100 school students to attend a matinee concert in Winnipeg, or makes the program available to schools online at no cost.
$250 funds a pizza club session prior to an evening concert, where music educators offer insight into the concert at no charge to participants.
$100: funds a school bus to bring 40 students to attend a daytime school matinee.
Donations of any size are all gratefully received and receipted. Click here to make a donation in any other amount to MCO Kids & Community!