The Guild and Music Education in Decatur, Illinois
Music education is vital to the future of symphonic music, hence, the strong emphasis the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur (SOGD) gives in its mission statement to supplementing music education in Decatur, Illinois and area schools.
Do You Have An Instrument to Donate to the Instrument Library?
Research has proven that children who study music via an instrument are likely to enhance their academic successes in school. Instruments donations to the library are always welcomed.
The Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur (SOGD) and the Decatur Public Schools Foundation (DPSF) in Decatur, Illinois, are partners in providing an Instrument Library for children in Decatur schools, grades 4-6. The Sympnony Orchestra Guild of Decatur is partenering with the Decatur Public Schools in sponsoring a “Give the Gift of Music” instrument drive.
Instruments that are in particular need include flutes, clarinets, violins and cellos. However, all instruments will be accepted.
Qualified children can check out a “loaner” instrument from the DPSF to take music lessons in school.
The instrument library was created by instrument donations from community individuals as well as grants from the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur and the Decatur Public Schools Foundation. Over 180 musical instruments are currently “on loan” to music students in Decatur, Illinois for the past 5 years. There was a waiting list of students who want to study music and were turned away because of lack of instruments.
For more information about the Instrument Library or to donate an instrument please contact:
Decatur Public Schools Foundation Executive Director
To donate an instrument, contact
For pick up or to drop off instruments at the following locations:
Decatur Area Arts Council
Thompson Kramer Music Store
Decatur Public Schools Foundation, Kiel Building
The Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur is a 501(c)3 organization.
Your donations may be tax deductible within the limits of the law.
Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra Jr. and Sr. are sponsored by the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur, Millikin University, and the Decatur Public Schools District #61. The DYSO is an organization that offers a full orchestral experience to talented area students in grades 6-12. The Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (DYSO) reputation has been one of excellence throughout its 21 years of existence. Concerts occur each semester, and afford students an advance performance opportunity. Instruction in chamber ensembles is also part of the DYSO experience. Auditions are held annually in September. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at Kirkland Fine Arts Center (5:15pm to 6:45pm for Sr. DYSO and 5:15pm-6:15pm for DYSO Jr. Tuition is $50 per semester (scholarships available). Contact person: Dr. Neal Smith, 424-6300.