Denver Young Artists Orchestra celebrates 35 years

Posted on: February 13, 2013

In Sunday’s (2/10) Denver Post, Joanne Davidson writes, “For 35 years, the Denver Young Artists Orchestra has nurtured promising young musicians by giving them the opportunity to expand their talent in concert settings. The hard work they put in pays off: Quite a few orchestra alumni have gone on to play with such prestigious organizations as the Boston, Atlanta, Chicago and Cleveland symphonies and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. On Feb. 2, the orchestra celebrated its longevity by staging a fundraising gala … Betty Naster and clarinetist Carl Topilow, founder of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and music director of the Breckenridge-based National Repertory Orchestra, started the Denver Young Artists Orchestra in 1977. It operated under the auspices of what was then the Denver Symphony Orchestra, and became an independent entity in 1979. Today, the orchestra has 250 musicians between the ages of 8 and 23 who perform in two string ensembles, two conservatory orchestras and the main orchestra. They come from 90 schools throughout the Front Range. Concerts are held in such venues as Boettcher Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts and Macky Auditorium. Auditions for the orchestra are held every spring.”

Posted February 13, 2013