BRAVO Youth Orchestras

OCT Qualified
BIPOC-Led Organization


BRAVO transforms the lives of underserved youth through intensive orchestral music instruction emphasizing collaboration, promoting self-confidence, and creating a community where children thrive.

Bottom Line for Portland

When donating to BRAVO, the entire North Portland community of students and families are positively impacted. Our students demonstrate significantly better school attendance, are twice as likely to pass reading and math assessments, and half as likely to be suspended. In a typical year, BRAVO provides over 60 concerts and performances--many of them in a neighborhood underserved by most arts and cultural organizations.


“Teach children the beauty of music, and music will teach them the beauty of life” --Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema in Venezuela

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

BRAVO just hired one of Portland's best-known male vocalists, Alonzo Chadwick, as our new Executive Director. He brings over 15 years of experience working in nonprofits serving children and families. This transition marks a significant turning point in BRAVO's multi-year engagement with issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Our ongoing work includes a Racial Equity Training Professional Development series for all staff and new curricular components that center student voice and choice. Equity is integrated into the core values of the organization, removing typical barriers to participation so that traditionally marginalized children and families can access the best music education right in their communities.


Felton & Mary's: 

Each donation $50 or more will receive a handcrafted, locally-sourced sauce made by Felton & Mary's.

Business Partner(s)

Siopao Studios:

Each donation will receive a limited edition BRAVO x G!G '21 sticker designed by Alexis Deona of Siopao Studios:

$19,630 raised of $15,000 goal
230 donations
131% of Goal


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Year Founded: 2013

Tax ID: 462649265

BRAVO Youth Orchestras is in the Creative Expression category which is sponsored by The Oregon Cultural Trust

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