Play it Forward

Ensuring Musical Education Soars

Our Sound Discovery programs have provided musical instruments to Lancaster County students in need for over a decade, but those loaned instruments require reeds, strings, cork grease or valve oil to operate, and that is where the “Play it Forward” program picks up. Music teachers in the School District of Lancaster send their equipment wishlists to the LSO, and, through the generosity of our donors and grants, we purchase and distribute the requested materials.

This program was developed in 2015 when a Symphony staff member saw a School District of Lancaster music teacher purchasing accessories with her own personal money for her students who were unable to afford them. Our goal is to respond to every single student that needs materials, and to ensure that their musical education can soar.

I love how this supports children in need in my community, how can I help? – There are a few different ways you can help grow this important program. All donations are tax deductible and your name will appear in every program book this season as a supporter!

Donate Through Extraordinary Give

Visit the LSO’s ExtraGive page on November 20th. All contributions through ExtraGive support our Sound Discover Community Engagement Programs.

Donate Online:

Make a donation right now on the LSO website to make a difference today. Select Play It Forward from the drop down menu.

Visit Menchey Music:

Take a drive to 1555 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 to purchase specific music accessory items from wish lists of music teachers in the School District of Lancaster.

Mail Checks To:

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
Attn: Play It Forward Program
48 North Christian Street, Suite #200 Lancaster, PA 17602

Call Today:

Call the LSO office to process your credit card information. Our phone number is 717-291-6440 x303.


LSO’s play it forward program fills a necessary need for supplies in my school. Little expenses add up! I am well stocked with violin strings and woodwind reeds thanks to LSO. I hope this program keeps going strong!

Nicholas Burcher
E.R. Martin School Music Instruction
School District of Lancaster

Thank you so much for all of the goodies! What a wonderful blessing to our music program. The chocolate bar is a wonderful addition to the surprise. My supply drawers are overflowing for the first time in 15 years. I will get such a kick out of distributing these items.

Adonica Spolum, M. Ed., NBCT
Music Teacher
Ross Elementary School

Thank you so much for the gift bags FILLED with things for my students and classroom!  I was beyond amazed by everything in there and I’m so grateful for all of it.  These supplies will last me way past this school year and it’s a wonderful feeling to “be prepared” when a student needs a new reed, loses their shoulder rest, or needs a new string on their violin.  Since starting in Lancaster, I have felt welcomed by the music community and incredibly thankful for the support of the LSO.  Thank you for all that you do for our schools and my students.

Marissa Majcher, Music Teacher
Price Elementary School
School District of Lancaster

Contact Us

Are you interested in learning more about this program or how you can get involved so that you can make a difference? Please send us a message and we will be in contact as soon as possible.

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