The Colorado Music Festival presents a six-week summer concert season at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, Colorado.
Showcasing over 42 principal players, the Festival Orchestra is comprised of exceptional national and international musicians. Under the baton of Music Director Peter Oundjian, this all-star orchestra treks to the base of the iconic Flatirons every summer to create what is truly a world-class classical music experience. Our musicians represent 44 orchestras from 23 states, 4 provinces, and 3 countries including:
Atlantic Chamber Ensemble
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Greenville Symphony (SC)
Dallas Opera Orchestra
Florida Grand Opera
Kansas City Symphony
L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
National Symphony Orchestra
New Haven Symphony
North Carolina Opera
Oregon Symphony (Portland)
San Antonio Symphony
Santa Fe Symphony
Southwest Florida Symphony
St. Louis Symphony
The Florida Orchestra
The Handel and Haydn Society
We are a proud member of the following organizations:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts understands that music is innate and vital to all human beings. As a regional leader among cultural organizations, we recognize that music itself is a great equalizer, making it possible for anyone of any age or background to be inspired through exceptional performance and accomplished teaching.
We are committed to welcoming a diverse community of students, aspiring and amateur musicians, professional musicians, and renowned guest artists to the festival and the school. Access is a central value to our organization, and we strive to ensure that each person in our community has an equal opportunity to participate and thrive musically.
Diversity – We welcome students who are all ages, backgrounds, races, ethnicities, genders, physical (dis)abilities, neurodiverse, from underrepresented and marginalized communities, and experiencing varied financial circumstances. Our programming includes and targets audiences and students who have been culturally underrepresented.
Equity – We continue to build on our commitment to providing access for all, to experience, learn and make meaningful music and to promote social justice through our programming. Music has always been a part of great social change; clearly we are riding the wave of a marked societal sea change right now. As an organization, we feel responsible to be part of that wave. We will listen, learn, and work toward this goal by highlighting our student diversity, increasing our reach into new communities, expanding programming to include new and creative approaches to contributing toward the elimination of injustice and to moving toward equity and social justice in our activities.
Inclusion – Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts staff and faculty each have a unique voice within the organization. All in the community are welcome at Colorado Music Festival performances. There is a place for everyone at the Center for Musical Arts to learn, play, study, practice, and participate in our programs.
Center For Musical Arts
The Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, founded in 1995 by Kathy Kucsan and Peggy Bruns, merged with the Colorado Music Festival in 2009 under the organizational name Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts. Learn more about the Center >
Our mission is to inspire and connect community members of all ages by providing access to the best of the world’s music through education and performance. Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts is a one-of-a-kind organization that provides a broad spectrum of music education opportunities and world-class performances to citizens throughout Boulder County and beyond.