Boulder Symphony & Music Academy

A nonprofit organization

$14,343 raised by 56 donors

72% complete

$20,000 Goal

Boulder Symphony envisions a community that is informed, connected and inspired by the arts. We aspire to make symphonic music an experience that uplifts, engages, and unites those who live, work, and play in Boulder.


"We encourage other local businesses and individuals to also give back to the community by supporting Boulder Symphony... We at LIV Sotheby's International Realty proudly stand beside them in their mission, and thank them for all that they do to elevate the quality of music, art, culture, and our lives, here in Boulder!" - David from LIV Sotheby's

"Last night we had our first symphony experience and it was fantastic. I really like the conductor and thought that he explained things really well. Knowing what to listen for, I anticipated the sounds and was excited to know what they meant along with being able to follow the story line. It was a really wonderful evening and as such I am eagerly awaiting the rest of the season this year!" - Heather from Fort Collins

"I'm 25 years old and was never exposed to classical music until last year when a friend invited me to a Boulder Symphony concert for my birthday. Blown. Away. Not only did I hear a fantastic orchestra but I learned so much from the conductor about the pieces played but what led the composer to undertake the composition. I never knew the richness of this genre of music. I'll be back..with friends." - Lynette from Lakewood

"A huge thank you to Devin Patrick Hughes for donating his time and energy to working with the students! His dedication to music education and flair for inspiring the next generation of musicians and concert goers is truly a gift! Thank you for sharing!" - Margaret from Boulder

"Thank you. What a wonderful evening. The entire experience was top notch. Devin was fantastic. The musicians were spot on, and the singers were a very pleasant surprise. I expected one or two. Not a full choir, let alone acting. The evening was way beyond my expectations. My daughter had a blast as well." - Mark from Boulder

"Wow! The Boulder Symphony is amazing. What a wonderful experience and surprise to see Devin's energetic conducting and hear beautiful music and singing. As a New Yorker who just moved to Boulder, I was missing going to the Met and all the wonderful operas. I felt as if I was back home. The Boulder Symphony was very close to The Met (of course, missing the Met stage) but the music and opera was just as good! The Boulder Symphony is a secret gem in Boulder that we just discovered. I encourage everyone to mark your calendar and attend." - Sonia from Boulder

"This is a wonderful orchestra! Excellent musicianship. I especially like how approachable the Boulder Symphony is for children. Two members of the symphony have visited our strings class at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School where my child is learning violin. Kids get in free, and ticket prices for adults are reasonable. They are very friendly and engaging with the audience. I highly recommend this orchestra for anyone who appreciates great music." - Tamara from Boulder

"If you have not yet been to see the Boulder Symphony, conducted by Devin Patrick Hughes, you are missing out on a truly wonderful experience. Maestro Hughes is fun and exciting to watch, while giving history of the pieces being played as well as history of the composer; this adds to the total enjoyment of the evening. The orchestra is wonderful and a pleasure to listen to. I urge you all to not miss spending a most enjoyable evening with the Boulder Symphony." - Wally from Boulder

"Very educational and fun music for all ages, what a great way to spend an afternoon with family or friends attending a concert! A wonderful way to share a celebration of a holiday with family and friends. The Symphony creates a learning environment for young people as well as the older folks who become informed about classical music of all types!" - William from Denver

"Topnotch Talent, Inspired Instruction and Genuine Good Hearts! Flatirons Strings Academy raised the standard for summer camps! The audience was truly wowed by world class musicians, who performed for camp attendees and their families in Boulder. Keynes Chen and Regan Kane have succeeded in bringing together the best of the best in every genre to benefit the kids! Any strings players who have a chance to attend this camp next year will be thrilled!" - Michelle from Boulder

"The Boulder Symphony knocked one out of the park last night! Phoenix Avalon played a flawless and beautiful Chausson Poeme and the symphony played the heck out of Mahler's First Symphony. All of us who braved the weather were VERY glad we did! Bravo Devin Patrick Hughes!" - Brian from Denver


Boulder Symphony's mission is to connect with and profoundly affect the human spirit through symphonic music.

Background Statement

Founded in 2009 by conductor Devin Patrick Hughes and business leader Anthony Santelli, Boulder Symphony is a community-focused orchestra with a drive to enhance the music scene in Boulder and beyond. Themed "Intrepid Explorers," the Symphony's inaugural season reflected an artistic vision of commitment to consistent innovation and the joy of discovery through audience participation, youth outreach, and creating modern relevance to the long-standing art form that is the classical music genre.

Now, in its tenth anniversary season, Boulder Symphony is actively performing Symphonic Music's most monumental repertoire and presenting flash mobs, fully-staged operas, and many world premieres, including Gray Rain, a Global Music Award winner work by Colorado-born and Grammy-Nominated composer Austin Wintory. Some of the many stepping stones in creating what Boulder Symphony is today include serenading audiences at the Boulder Farmer's Market, showcasing young soloists who go on to win national competitions, and being featured in the documentary film Song of the Untouchable. Also, the developments of a high school apprenticeship program, in school coaching program, and the new GLOW project (dementia-friendly concerts) go hand-in-hand with the Symphony's goal of providing a meaningful platform for musicians from all walks of life to access high-level, heart-filling music.

Our aim is to provide the community with the following:

* Powerful new works of symphonic art written by gifted composers

* Platforms for local artists of world-class talent and dedication to showcase their skills

* Interactive musical engagement for all ages through outreach programs, Curiosity Concert Series, and re-imagination of audience participation and learning

* Projects such as the GLOW project, offering dementia-friendly and sensory-friendly concerts to and individuals with disabilities and their caretakers and loved ones

* A spirit that uplifts and unites the community around the universal inspiration of music

Connectivity and vibrancy within the community is the driving force behind Boulder Symphony and we invite you to join us in this exciting artistic adventure!

Organization Data


Organization name

Boulder Symphony & Music Academy

other names

Boulder Symphony, Boulder Symphony, Timberline Symphony Orchestra, inc.

Year Established


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Arts, Culture & Humanities


4730 Table Mesa Dr I-300
Boulder, CO 80305

Service areas

Boulder County, CO, US



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