The Festival’s activities are not possible without the generous support of the Festival’s many sponsors and donors. To make donations, please use our contact form.
The Festival has ongoing, collaborative partnerships with the Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA) and the music department at Oregon State University (OSU). The Festival has established ongoing partnerships for in-kind support with the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport News-Times newspaper, Presbyterian and Nazarene churches, and Lincoln County School District. Ongoing partnerships have been established with nearly 20 local businesses for annual sponsorships.
For at least the past decade, high school music programs throughout the state have fallen victim to budget cuts, leaving few organized opportunities for youths to learn how to play a musical instrument let alone participate in a full orchestral. For those who can afford it, private lessons allow skills to be learned. For middle- and low-income youths, public high school is the only opportunity to learn to play an instrument or play in an ensemble.
The Board strategically identifies high schools with high rates of poverty for participation to (a) ensure that orchestras from around the state participate and (b) ensure that students who may experience inequity based on family income have the opportunity to participate.
The orchestras pay their own bus transportation to and from Newport as they would for other school field trips. The Festival pays for all the other expenses (housing, food, clinician stipends, facility usage, etc.) during the Festival’s activities.
Foundations & Government Agencies
Braemar Charitable Trust
Salem Realtors Association
KYTE – FM radio (Newport)