Announcing the 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 KID Project to help provide local students with financial constraints a chance to discover their passion for music.

Unwanted and gently used 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 a Drive-Thru Community Drop-Off Day on Saturday, April 6 from 10am to 1pm in the circle drive behind the Ellwood House at 420 Linden Place in DeKalb. Pull up the circle drive and volunteers will meet you at your car to accept your instrument donation.

Instruments can also be brought to the ticket table in the lobby prior to either of our two remaining concerts for the KSO season:

  • Spring Pops Concert: A Tribute to John Williams – Saturday, March 23, 7:30 pm, NIU Music Building
  • 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.

Learn more about the KID Project here.

If you are unable to donate during the collection day, please contact Deb Loitz, KSO Music Education Outreach chair, at