Jefferson Symphony Association

We perform five regular season concerts and a public, outdoor concert every year. The eighty musicians in our ensemble are volunteers and donate hundreds to thousands of hours every year to present symphonic concerts to Front Range audiences, students, families and community members.

Learn More About This Non-Profit
Important Tax information
Start a movement
Want to do more for your favorite charity? We've made it easy for you to raise money by creating a personalized fundraising page.
Start a fundraiser Current fundraisers (0)

Recitals

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Disabled
Families

Description

JSO musicians audition for Dr.William Morse, our music director and principal conductor, to be included in a recital program. The chosen groups are coached by Dr. Morse and perform in an intimate setting out of the confines of the usual large concert hall. It is the goal of the recitals to bring the JSO musicians out into the community and introduce new community members to the JSO and its musicians. This program was started in the 2011-2012 season with two recitals, one in the fall and one in the spring. Attendance was good at the first recital and grew appreciably at the second recital. Afterwards, the audience has an opportunity to meet the musicians at a reception. Two recitals have been performed each season. Each season the audience continues to grow. Over half of the JSO musicians have performed on recitals. The recitals are held at Rockley Music 8555 W. Colfax in Lakewood.. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children.

The IYAC winner presents a fundraising recital at Rockley Music Center in Lakewood the day before their concerto performance. The funds go toward the next year's competition. In 2016, the recital will be held on February 20 at 7 p.m. at the Rockley Music Center, 8555 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood

Our goal is to provide quality performances that will be enjoyed by our audience and expand/deepen their interest in classical music and raise funds for the next year's Young Artists Competition.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

In 2014-2015, the audience at the first recital was larger than in the 2013-2014 first recital. The second recital was also a great success, nearly filling the hall with many children present.

Each recital has attracted more audience members. More children attend the recitals which are less formal and usually are shorter.

In 2015-2016, the recitals will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 7 pm and Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7 p.m. Programs to be announced.

Summer concert in the park

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Description

Presented in Golden's Parfet Park as part of Golden's Fine Arts Festival, this concert is free-to-the-public and has become a tradition for the Golden community.The music features light classics and pops music to appeal to a wide audience. The expected outcome of this concert is to provide the opportunity to all ages, ethnicities and income levels to hear orchestral music, some probably for the first time. Our goal is to provide a quality performance that will be enjoyed by our audience and expand/deepen their interest in classical music. In 2018, the concert is scheduled for August 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Parfet Park.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

We have always had a large audience turnout of about 1,000 people for our summer concerts.

Young Artists Competition

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

The International Young Artist Competition is an annual event for young musicians up to the age of 23. The competition has a three-year rotation instrumental focus. The 2019/20 YAC was for winds, brass, and percussion. The 2021 competition will be for piano and the 2022 competition will be for stringed instruments.

A live-competition for twelve finalists occurs each January. Top three finalists receive awards and prize money; the YAC champion returns in March for a performance of their winning concerto with Maestro William Morse and the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

One of our young winners was awarded a recording contract. Others have gone on to establish successful performing careers. Our 2012 violinist winner was invited to study with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Our 2014 violist winner accepted a job with the Chicago Symphony in May 2014. Our 2015 pianist winner is continuing her studies as a graduate student at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Symphonic concerts

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Disabled
Families
General Public/Unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Five regular winter season symphonic performances are presented in Jefferson county. The eason opens in October and ends in May of each year.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

Loyal audience that attends concerts on a regular basis. Audience that grows from year to year. More season subscribers.

The orchestra membership remains constant with talented musicians who perform with the orchestra year after year. Talented musicians audition to be members of the orchestra.

Key aspects of this profile information have been reviewed by Community First Foundation staff. Each organization is exclusively responsible for the content that appears on the profile page. Community First Foundation offers general guidance as to the purpose of each area but does not require or encourage charities to include anything in particular in each section.