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DYAO & Colorado Symphony Artistic Alliance

Founded in 1977 with the support of what was then the Denver Symphony Orchestra, the relationship between the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony has grown beyond musical measure..In July of 2018, both organizations renewed a commitment to pursuing the shared value of music education in a strategic partnership that will allow young musicians from DYAO greater access to the Colorado Symphony and its professional musicians.

Click Here for more information on the Artistic Alliance with the Colorado Symphony.

Alliance for Music Education Equity (AMEE)

DYAO is proud to be a founding member of AMEE, the Alliance for Music Education Equity, with 13 other Denver-area music education organizations passionate about equity, diversity, and inclusivity and committed to cooperatively making systemic change in music education across Denver.

AMEE imagines a future Denver where music organizations have come together to take joint action so that al people regardless of their resources, ethnicity, neighborhood, sexuality, gender, identity, or age can find greater self-actualization through music. We imagine a sustainable continuum of comprehensive music education that has a ripple effect, bringing more joy and increased well-being across the broader community. We imagine a cooperative, solutions-oriented network that is adaptive and responsive to the changing needs of this great city so that the power of music is unleashed in new and creative ways.

Performing Partnerships

DYAO is committed to building artistic partnerships across all disciplines. We strongly believe that collaborations bring excitement to our educational programming and extend the education of our students beyond core classical repertoire. In recent seasons, we programmed exciting partnerships with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Colorado Symphony, Japanese Arts Network, and Phamaly Theatre Company.

For the 2022-2023 Season, we will be collaborating with ArtistiCO Dance, Curtis to Colorado, the Colorado Symphony and Chorus, El Sistema Colorado, the Mexican Cultural Center, and four of the top universities in the state - University of Northern Colorado, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Denver, and Colorado State University.

We are also grateful to our rehearsal venue partners, Lamont School of Music and Bethany Lutheran Church, and concert venue partners for their generous access to space and equipment.

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