Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra

A nonprofit organization

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$50,000 Goal

The Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra inspires, educates & empowers our youth through orchestral music training and performance. 

La Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra inspira, educa y empodera a nuestra juventud a través de la formación y la interpretación de la música orquestal.

We believe in sharing the joy of serious musical education with all students and creating confident and independent young musicians who can carry their musical skills into all aspects of their lives. The Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra provides student musicians in the Roaring Fork Valley region the opportunity to play in an orchestra from kindergarten through high school and a path towards musical excellence. Rehearsals take place in Aspen, Carbondale, New Castle and Silt. Scholarships and an instrument lending library make the RFYO accessible for all families. 

Creemos en compartir la alegría de una educación musical seria con todos los estudiantes y crear jóvenes músicos seguros e independientes que puedan llevar sus habilidades musicales a todos los aspectos de sus vidas. La Orquesta Juvenil de Roaring Fork brinda a los estudiantes de música de la región de Roaring Fork Valley la oportunidad de tocar en una orquesta desde el jardín de infantes hasta la escuela secundaria y un camino hacia la excelencia musical. Los ensayos tienen lugar en Aspen, Carbondale, New Castle y Silt. Las becas y una biblioteca de préstamo de instrumentos hacen que la RFYO sea accesible para todas las familias.

By offering scholarships for private lessons and tuition and loaning instruments to students free of charge the RFYO aims to eliminate all barriers to participation. More than 1500 community members attend the RFYO's free, family-friendly concerts and events each year.

It is our goal to have a meaningful impact on every student, for each student to experience a connection with their peers, teachers and the audience through the creation and performance of each musical work. 

Al ofrecer becas para clases privadas, matrícula y préstamo de instrumentos a los estudiantes de forma gratuita, la RFYO pretende eliminar todas las barreras a la participación. Más de 1500 miembros de la comunidad asisten cada año a los conciertos y eventos familiares gratuitos de RFYO.

Nuestro objetivo es tener un impacto significativo en cada estudiante, que cada estudiante experimente una conexión con sus compañeros, maestros y el público a través de la creación e interpretación de cada obra musical.


Excerpts of letters from families receiving RFYO scholarships:

"This past winter Lily really loved her orchestra experience. Music has become the place where Lily is finding her people, her friends, her support network in life. The rest of our family have made connections with classical music that we wouldn't have without our experiences with RFYO."

"Neither myself nor my husband had the opportunity as young people to participate in any form of music, thus we feel that it is a very important opportunity that we can give to our children. Eric is very excited and we are thrilled to be a part of the RFYO and the opportunity that it provides for Eric to advance his skills."

"Thank you so much and the committee for all your support, with out your help it will be impossible for us to send M. to private lessons, I really appreciate all of your help."

"Wow, the RFYO scholarship committee is profoundly generous and kind. We are so fortunate to receive the guidance and development of the program along with this scholarship. A. is looking forward to meeting with the group this week."


The Roaring Fork Music Society is dedicated to making orchestral and classical music education and performances accessible and affordable to the youth and community members of the Roaring Fork Valley region through its Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra and outreach programs and to have a meaningful positive impact on every student musician.

Background Statement

The RFYO is about to begin its 13th year of bringing together young musicians from the Roaring Fork Valley Region of Colorado to rehearse, practice, perform and be inspired by great works of music. We started in 2011 with a small group of students following the cancelation of public school string orchestra programs in our valley and have since grown to more than 70 students, ages 5 to 18 from between Rifle and Aspen. Rehearsals are now offered in multiple locations and scholarships are available to make the RFYO affordable and accessible for all families.

La RFYO está a punto de comenzar su decimotercer año reuniendo a jóvenes músicos de la región del Roaring Fork Valley de Colorado para ensayar, practicar, tocar e inspirarse en grandes obras musicales. Comenzamos en 2011 con un pequeño grupo de estudiantes luego de la cancelación de los programas de orquesta de cuerdas de las escuelas públicas en nuestro valle y desde entonces hemos crecido a más de 70 estudiantes, de 5 a 18 años de edad, entre Rifle y Aspen. Los ensayos se ofrecen en varios lugares y hay becas disponibles para que la RFYO sea asequible y accesible para todas las familias.

The Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra is the primary program of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Roaring Fork Music Society, Inc., (RFMS).

Organization Data


Organization name

Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra

other names

Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra, RFYO, Roaring Fork Chamber Players

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Arts, Culture & Humanities

Organization Size

Small Organization


520 S. Third Street Suite 16D
Carbondale, CO 81623


PO BOX 503
Carbondale, CO 81623

Service areas

Garfield County, CO, US



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