DYAO Musicians have several opportunities to develop their leadership skills in the orchestra.

Concerto Competitions

YAO, Conservatory Orchestras, and String Ensembles hold an annual concerto competition in which members can showcase their individual talent. The winner of the competition has the distinction of performing his or her piece at the spring concert. Each year, approximately forty orchestra members undertake the challenge of the concerto competition. As of 2015, the Young Artists Orchestra Competition will be dedicated to John Livingston, whose vision in the arts led, in part, to the formation of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. To see last year’s winners click here.

Conservatory Orchestras and String Ensembles Concerto Competition: December 3, 2016, Hamilton Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver (not open to the public)

Young Artists Orchestra Concerto CompetitionDecember 4, Hamilton Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, University of Denver (open to the public)

Peer Mentor Program

An important part of the String Ensemble curriculum is the role of the Peer Mentor program. The organization designed the Peer Mentor program to provide DYAO’s senior musicians the opportunity to mentor the younger students in the String Ensemble. Peer Mentors work as sectional coaches to provide expanded training and educational opportunities to our developing young musicians. Current DYAO Musicians who are interested in the Peer Mentor Program should contact Julie at [email protected] or (303) 433-2420

Musician Fellowship Opportunity

The Denver Young Artists Orchestra seeks experienced, college-level musicians up to age 23 to perform with the orchestra as a regular member and also contribute at the administrative level.  This position provides the intern with leadership opportunities, experience behind the scenes of an orchestra, and the advancement of his/her skills as an orchestral player. For more information on the position and how to apply, click here.