We enrich the greater Jefferson County community through quality musical experiences and educational programs.
The Jefferson Symphony Association (JSA) was founded in 1953 as the Mines Chamber Ensemble by musicians, both students and faculty, of the Colorado School of Mines, for the purpose of providing an outlet for their musical talent and passion. It was incorporated December 15, 1954 under the name Golden Civic Orchestra which soon changed to the Golden Symphony orchestra. Over the years, membership expanded to include musicians from Golden and the surrounding communities. As the orchestra expanded in size and number of performances, it was renamed the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra to reflect its intention to serve all of Jefferson County. The long-term vision of the Jefferson Symphony is to be the symphony of choice in greater Jefferson County by enriching the greater Jefferson County community through quality musical experiences and educational programs. The JSO was named Best Community Orchestra in 2011 by Westword magazine. We begin our 68th consecutive year during the 2020/21 season.
"Thank you for encouraging young, talented artists and allowing us to hear them. What amazing talent!" -- YAC audience member (performance round)
"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to come to Colorado and play for the judges, audience and my peers. It is sometimes very hard as a young musician to find rewarding venues to play for. Here, the music is obviously treasured by the listeners and participants alike. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I could not have hoped for a better weekend." -- International Young Artists Competition winner
"The finalists are all winners! It was a very exciting event to judge. It was revitalizing to be able to listen to such high quality performances, which reflect the musicians' dedication to their art. It made me want to go home and practice!" -- International Young Artists Competition judge
"I usually bring one or more guests to your concerts." -- audience member
"My first visit - wonderful!" -- audience member
"Tonight was out of this world." -- audience member
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