Vision: Lives enriched and transformed through encounters with the arts
Mission: Augustana Arts gathers community, supports the arts and delights the spirit through performance, education and engagement.
Augustana Arts was established in 1997 as its own non-profit entity having grown out of the Augustana Lutheran Church music programs. Over the years the Augustana Concert Series was enhanced and additional programs were added, including City Strings, Stratus Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Women's Chorale, and now the Colorado Men's Chorale.
Augustana Arts produces over 20 concerts every season with a significant variety of music from a number of different performing genres including a cappella, orchestral, jazz, and more with a focus on classical/traditional music.
Outreach showcases in schools, civic gathering places, nursing facilities and elsewhere offer comfort to those who can not attend regular performances of the Augustana Arts concert series.
I'm pleased to share with you how Augustana Arts is fulfilling its mission, serving local communities and re-inventing classical music performance and education to better accommodate changing audiences in the 21st century.
City Strings, Augustana Arts' life-changing youth music education program, continues to grow, adding another location this year, and providing enrichment to over 150 students who otherwise would never have the chance to create music with their hands and their hearts.
Stratus Chamber Orchestra is innovating in many ways as it redefines the concert-going experience. Music Director David Rutherford has taken the orchestra in new and innovative directions with concerts performed in both immersive style (with the audience sitting among and around the orchestra) and traditional style seating, allowing guests to personalize their concert experience. Stratus, and Augustana Arts, have commissioned numerous new works which have then premiered as part of Stratus's concert season.
The Augustana Concert Series is greatly expanding its appeal through top name international performers, including Canadian Brass, Chanticleer the Air Force Academy Falconaires and The Queen's Six. Perennial favorites include Colorado Choir and Anima.
Jennifer Ferguson is bringing the Colorado Women's Chorale to new heights of artistry, new venues for sharing their music, and a new complementary Colorado Men's Chorale to serve more singers and open the door to a wide range of 4 voice repertoire when the groups perform together.
For those of us who have watched and helped Augustana Arts grow over the years, our current situation is gratifying, as we thrive and optimistically look to the future. But the Augustana Arts team recognizes many of the challenges ahead - producing live music in the early 21st century is both exhilarating and often unpredictable. We need to continue to innovate, grow and further secure ourselves financially to maintain our position in the community. Our ability to achieve this depends to a great extent in our ability to attract and retain great leaders.
To all members of the Augustana Arts family - leaders, patrons, donors, supporters, participants, partners, collaborators, and volunteers -thank you for making this organization a unique and priceless member of the Colorado arts community.