Our Commitment to Education
Our music school and Festival Fellows program are just some of the ways we further our mission to expand access to musical education in Colorado.
Founded in 1995, the Center for Musical Arts is a community music school dedicated to expanding access to quality music education regardless of age, ability, cultural background or financial means. The Center for Musical Arts provides quality, creative music-making opportunities to over 550 students each week in Lafayette, Colorado, and is a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. In 2009, the Center merged with the Colorado Music Festival to provide the community with the highest quality music education and performance.
The Festival Fellows Program brings eight aspiring professional musicians to serve as Festival Fellows in Boulder, Colorado, during the Colorado Music Festival. Created with the intent to diversify the field of classical music, the Festival Fellows program gives aspiring musicians from diverse backgrounds access to world-class guest artist mentors as well as performance experience within our Festival orchestra and chamber music settings.
The Fellows program includes coaching from illustrious guest chamber musicians, seminars led by the Festival’s highly qualified organizational leaders, and private instruction from Music Director Peter Oundjian. Fellows perform a weekly concert within the ranks of the Festival Orchestra, with a final quartet performance at the end of their Festival residence.
This program is kindly supported by the SeiSolo Foundation.
Check back for details on the 2023 Fellows.
The Festival Fellows positions were filled by the Festival through an invitation-only audition process in collaboration with faculty at America’s top conservatories. All Fellows receive professional experience working in an intensive environment comparable to that of a full-time orchestra.