Denver Music Education Convening

We invite your organization’s participation in the Denver Music Education Convening. We believe the path to a collective vision will become clear through a process of listening and learning from the expertise of other colleagues in this field.

2019 Education Convening Recap

The Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, and El Sistema Colorado hosted the first-ever Denver Music Education Convening on October 3 and 4, 2019. 

The convening hosted thirty-nine organizations, including Denver Public Schools, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, SCFD, Universities, and numerous Not for Profit 501(c)3 Organizations, with the goal of identifying and implementing actions that increase equity, diversity, and inclusivity for Denver youth music education.

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Our Goal:

To identify and implement actions that increase equity, diversity, and inclusivity for Denver youth music education in a transformational, measurable, and sustainable manner.

What We Know:

Executive Summary  Insights  Survey Results

Learn About Us:

One of the leading orchestras in the United States, your Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. The Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, we serve more than 300,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, your Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. We continually partner with the state's leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals, to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music.

Jesse Martinez
Director of Community Education
Colorado Symphony

The mission of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra Association (DYAO) is to provide the finest possible youth orchestra programs, inspiring and educating young musicians through the performance of great works of music, and offering valuable cultural opportunities to the community. For forty-two years, DYAO has nurtured the talents of the Rocky Mountain region’s finest young musicians. Today, the organization’s three orchestras and outreach programs train nearly 250 students ages seven to twenty-three annually.

Kelly Waltrip
Executive Director
Denver Young Artists Orchestra

El Sistema Colorado (ESC) is an organization that launched in Denver's Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods in 2012, part of a visionary movement that transforms the lives of children through ensemble music; a new model for social change. ESC prioritizes low-income and at-risk youth. Our mission is to empower children by providing an intensive music program that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence, and instills the value of social responsibility.

Jamie Wolf
Program Director
El Sistema Colorado