The Arapahoe Philharmonic's mission is to engage, enrich and inspire our community through musical performance, education and outreach.
Founded in 1953, the Arapahoe Philharmonic is among the longest-established, continuously operating musical resources in Colorado. After thriving under two long-tenured conductors, T. Gordon Parks and Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr., we celebrated our 2013-2014 season with an exciting new conductor, Devin Patrick Hughes. The orchestra's musicians are mostly volunteers playing for the love of music, with a core of compensated section principals who provide technical leadership and ensure the excellence of performance.
Our performance repertoire includes the greatest names in classical music, ranging through centuries of master composers, as well as composers of our day and emerging student composers. Our performance venues allow music lovers in southwest Denver metro communities to experience high quality performances at reasonable cost, with a convenient commute from home.
In addition to our regular season performances, the Philharmonic is invested in future generations, presenting an annual Children's Discovery Concert and sponsoring outreach to students - including small group and full ensemble coaching, honor orchestra coaching and side-by-side opportunities. Whether or not these young people choose a career in music, growing and working together toward the collective goal of making music is important to their intellectual and emotional development. In addition to the youth outreach program, we also host three collegiate competitions: the T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition, the winner receiving a cash award and appearing as a featured soloist with the Arapahoe Philharmonic in a regular subscription concert; the Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting Competition, the winner receiving the opportunity to conduct our orchestra during a regular season concert; and the Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Composition Competition, the winner being named Composer-in-Residence with the AP for two concert seasons.
New community outreach initiatives include a multi-generational Family Concert and a music therapy-inspired program that brings small music ensembles to individuals with developmental disabilities and dementia.
"Outstanding! An all-volunteer orchestra that can go toe-to-toe with a professional one." - AP audience member
"I am so enthusiastic about the Arapahoe Philharmonic that I both bought a season pass and told many of my friends about upcoming performances. I look forward to seeing more performances by the Arapahoe Philharmonic presenting music from some of my all-time favorite composers!" - Arapahoe Community College student