Arapahoe Philharmonic

A nonprofit organization

$16,417 raised by 37 donors

100% complete

$15,000 Goal

The Arapahoe Philharmonic makes our community vibrant for thousands of people of all ages!

Engaging and accessible performances: Audiences experience exciting, accessible, and entertaining performances of all types of music. We frequently partner with local arts groups or businesses.

Educational Programs: Hundreds of elementary school children learn about music at our annual entertaining Discovery Concert. Middle and high school students, who may not get the opportunity to hear live music or take private lessons, hear performances and receive guidance from our musicians.

Senior Outreach: Seniors who cannot leave their communities experience the enriching, healing power of music through our comprehensive senior outreach performance programs, including subsidized senior housing.

All of this is made possible by your support!


The Arapahoe Philharmonic's mission is to engage, enrich and inspire our diverse community through musical performance, education and outreach.

Background Statement

Founded by late conductor T. Gordon Parks, the Arapahoe Philharmonic (or “AP”) has been a pillar of the South Metro Denver arts community since 1953. Our second music director, Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr., led the ensemble from 1993 until his passing in 2012. Our third music director in 69 years, Devin Patrick Hughes, was appointed to the position in 2013 and has brought a renewed focus on artistic excellence and innovation to the organization.

The AP is dedicated to presenting high-quality, engaging, accessible symphonic performances and music education to our diverse community. The orchestra provides a musical home to grow and develop amateur musicians, music educators, and pre-professional musicians and offers compensated performance opportunities for professional musicians in our community. This model ensures high-quality performances while providing development for our volunteers and income opportunities and experience for our musicians in leadership positions. Repertoire includes works by the greatest names in classical music spanning all eras, including recent works from diverse composers.

The AP is committed to educating and fostering the next generation of classical music lovers by presenting the annual Children’s Discovery Concert and sending musicians into schools to give extra coaching to band and orchestra students.

In 2019, we launched a music therapy-inspired program for individuals with dementia residing in memory care facilities. A professional string trio from the AP undertook this initiative together with a licensed music therapist. During the pandemic, to reach a more diverse group of seniors safely, we modified this program by sending instrumental duos out to all sorts of senior living facilities focusing on subsidized housing.

Organization Data


Organization name

Arapahoe Philharmonic

other names


Year Established



Arts, Culture & Humanities

Organization Size

Medium Organization


5753 S. Prince Street Unit 1183
Littleton, CO 80160

Service areas

Arapahoe County, CO, US



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