IMG_4864Homer Youth String Orchestra Club is holding a Practice-A-Thon for our members  to raise money for our education and scholarship programs. We need sponsors who are willing to pledge a certain amount of money per minute for every minute the member practices his or her instrument.

For example, if a members practice 30 minutes daily on 10 days, that’s 300 minutes, so a pledge of $0.10 per minute would be $30.

At the end of the Practice-A-Thon, your sponsored member will let you know how many hours they practiced and the total amount due for your pledge.  A flat donation independent of hours practiced is also welcome.

The member you choice to sponsor will keep track of their hours practiced and let you know at the end of the month how many hours they practiced and how much your pledge will be.

Thank you for your support!


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    HYSOC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

    Message from previous member

    Nolan Bunting

     Graduating Senior 2016

    When asked, “What has playing orchestral music meant to me?” I am reminded of my role in the Homer Council of the Arts Shakespeare Play: Twelfth Night.  In the play, Duke Orsino says, “ If music be the food of love, play on…” One interpretation of this line is that he was hoping that excess music might relieve him from his obsession with love. Playing in the orchestra and talking lessons from Lisa Shallock was relief from my obsession with learning. I have a very inquisitive mind and music soothes my thoughts. It was a time in my week where I gained perspective on the world. I could let my mind relax and I could take on a new venue of learning. I liked the relaxing breath that I could take when I played my cello with the accompaniment of others. It was a precious time in my week.  I learned to appreciate string instruments and the beauty of a string orchestra. I realized as soon as I picked up my cello that it would be my friend and companion for life. It was with pleasure that I played it in the symphony since fourth grade. I appreciate the friendships that came from playing in the orchestra and the many mentors who have encouraged me. I am expanding my cello repertoire outside of orchestral music but I know that the Homer Youth Symphony Orchestra has given me a gift for life.