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September 4, 2019

Colorado Symphony, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, And El Sistema Colorado To Host Denver Music Education Convening


Media Contact:
Nick Dobreff, Manager of Publicity and Community Relations
616.485.3913 (m) – 303.308.2477 (o)

October 3-4 event will examine equitable access to youth music education in Denver

Sept. 4, 2019 – Denver, CO – The Colorado Symphony will proudly co-host the first-ever Denver Music Education Convening in conjunction with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and El Sistema Colorado on October 3 and 4, 2019 at The Commons on Champa.

The goal of the convening is to identify and implement actions that increase equity, diversity, and inclusivity for Denver youth music education in a transformational, measurable, and sustainable manner.

Results from a survey administered to music organizations show that many local organizations put a high priority on these values.  Over the years, there has been a decline in access to music and arts programming in schools across the country. It is the joint belief of the three hosting organizations that all students, no matter their background or zip code, deserve access to music education and programming. The Music Education Convening aims to address this issue collectively in order to create a long-lasting music community in Denver and a new generation of future musicians in the city.

“The Colorado Symphony is thrilled to be a part of this effort to bring together local educators and music organizations who have been contributing to the music education landscape in Denver” stated Jesse Martinez, Director of Community Education for the Colorado Symphony. “It is our hope that this will begin to set the stage for diverse and meaningful collaborations moving forward.”

The idea of making a collective impact on music education in Denver has gained traction of late, receiving support and funding from the Denver Foundation and the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. In addition, Team Tipton consultants have agreed to provide expertise in research, analysis, and facilitation for the project.

Media interested in covering the event must register on the Colorado Symphony website using the link below.

What: Denver Music Education Convening
Where: 1245 Champa Street
When: THU OCT 3, 1:00 – 5:00 and FRI OCT 4, 8:30 a.m. – noon


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Nick Dobreff, Manager of Publicity and Community Relations – 303.308.2477 (o)

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The 2019/20 Colorado Symphony Season is presented by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Support also provided by: The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), 9News, United Airlines, the Colorado Symphony Guild, Arrow, Bank of America, and Macy’s, Inc.

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One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony Association is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization performing more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by Music Director Brett Mitchell, 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. In the last year, the Colorado Symphony served nearly 233,000 people attending live performances at concert and non-traditional venues throughout Colorado’s Front Range. In addition, over 265,000 people listen to the Colorado Symphony through Colorado Public Radio’s live broadcasts of classical content featuring concert recordings, in-studio performances of individual musicians and small ensembles, and live streaming of interviews and performances with artists. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners 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. To learn more, visit

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. To learn more, visit:

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. To learn more, visit: