San Juan Symphony
The San Juan Symphony is an innovative regional orchestra that contributes to the cultural enrichment of the diverse communities of the Four Corners area with inspiring live performances and creative collaborative efforts.
In the early 1970’s, amateur musicians in Farmington, New Mexico and Durango, Colorado founded two separate orchestras. Today, the combined groups form the core of a 65-member orchestra that draws musicians from the entire Four Corners region, and is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are drawn from Farmington and Durango. The San Juan Symphony performs at Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall at San Juan College in Farmington, NM, at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, the Michael D. Palm Theater in Telluride, CO and Montezuma-Cortez High School in Cortez, CO.
The San Juan Symphony is a member of the League of American Orchestras. After a year-long search in 2015-16, Dr. Thomas Heuser was appointed as the fifth Music Director of the San Juan Symphony in March 2016, succeeding Music Director Laureate Arthur Post. Dr. Heuser also serves as Music Director of the Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra.
The San Juan Symphony strives to represent the Four Corners by presenting music that reflects the area’s mix of Anglo, Native American and Hispanic cultures. Local land, and the lives of the people who live on it, are the focus of thematic programs. Well-known classics are illuminated when they are performed on programs alongside contemporary and folk music. The Symphony has collaborated with area artists, both students and professionals, on projects that produce a synergy of the visual and musical arts.
The San Juan Symphony serves the area’s communities through its youth orchestras (Junior, Philharmonic and Youth Orchestras) and educational programs, which currently touch children in many area elementary, middle and high schools. The Symphony sponsors competitive music scholarships to the local colleges, masterclasses by guest soloists and an extensive educational outreach program. In addition, the Symphony enjoys a cooperative relationship with Fort Lewis College, and both faculty and students are members of the orchestra. Concert tickets for music students are always discounted or free thanks to generous community support.
Polly Morgenstern, President
Julia Dodd, Secretary
Musician’s Representatives: Don Allen (Farmington), Brent Williams (Durango)
About the 2016-17 Artist: Bev Taylor
This year’s San Juan Symphony artwork was adapted from an original decorated violin created by…Bev Taylor.
Bev Taylor is a multi-media artist who resides in Farmington, New Mexico. With a background in art history her specialties include calligraphy, book arts, acrylic and watercolor painting, paste paper, collage and colored pencil. She and her husband, Tom, are accomplished woodworkers. She has artwork at San Juan College, Farmington Public Library, Regional Animal Shelter and elsewhere throughout the Four Corners. Along with her daughter she owns Artifacts Gallery in Farmington where more of her work is available.
Bev’s decorated violin was auctioned at a Brunch with the Maestro fundraiser to benefit the San Juan Symphony in Farmington in May 2016.