Project Description

Grantee Profile: Denver Young Artists Orchestra

Denver Young Artists Orchestra

Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) provides quality musical training and performance opportunities to 250 of the region’s most talented young musicians from the ages of 7 to 23. They also offer free music education and live performances to disadvantaged children and other underserved populations.

The organization is comprised of five ensembles, including two Conservatory Orchestras, two String Ensembles and the DYAO, which is Colorado’s premier youth orchestra. Membership in DYAO is by audition. Four to five concerts are performed by DYAO annually along with a series of performances by the Conservatory Orchestras and String Ensembles

DYAO differs from the other youth orchestras by delivering rigorous, pre-professional orchestral training for young musicians who demonstrate the talent and motivation to consider careers in the music industry. They also maintain a close relationship with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation provides DYAO with general operating support. DYAO will collaborate with the Colorado Symphony and the Lamont School of Music to present a symposium in the fall of 2017 entitled “Women in Music”. It will feature performances and master classes from female Lamont School faculty and members of the Colorado Symphony. The outreach program, Music Unexpected, will continue to deliver free performances in nontraditional settings throughout the Denver metro area. Students have performed on the 16th Street Mall, Union Station, several Whole Foods locations, Home Depot and at a sub shop in Five Points.

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