Our Education Programs

Youth Orchestras

Summer Music Camps

Musician Makers Scholarships

Musically Speaking

Audition to Play

The San Juan Symphony is excited to invite students to audition for our Side-By-Side concert, PASSIONATE on February 10th & 11th. It’s a fantastic opportunity to perform alongside our professional orchestra and gain valuable experience. Join us in creating beautiful harmonies and making lasting memories. Don’t miss out on this chance to shine on stage with us. Audition now and be part of our musical journey! 

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A Love of Music

Young musicians in our rural communities have fewer opportunities to connect with professional musicians and grow their skills than students in larger metropolitan areas. We offer a host of meaningful education programs for students of all ages to learn about music and train as performers as part of our professionally led and supported programs.

SJS Youth Orchestras

The San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestras are audition-based ensembles that provide training in the full orchestra experience. Both the advanced Youth Orchestra and introductory Junior Orchestra cater to serious music students with a passion for playing. Students devote themselves to weekly rehearsals and individual practice to improve their skills and connect with a supportive community of their peers.

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Summer Music Camps

The San Juan Symphony proudly offers a series of Summer Music Camps, inherited from 3rd Ave Arts. Coming up in June of 2024, the Summer Music Camps will include the return of the Young Musicians Camp, the Piano Academy at Fort Lewis College, and the Durango Chamber Music Academy. The Camps impact hundreds of students of all ages, and the community has an opportunity to hear a variety of performances by these budding musicians-in-training.

Musician Makers Scholarships

The San Juan Symphony Musician Makers Scholarship provides opportunities for young artists to access private and semi-private music lessons who otherwise may not be able to, and also provides resources to Public School Teachers to offer additional programming to students.

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Musically Speaking

The “Musically Speaking” lecture series offers an opportunity to learn from the perspectives of Music Director Thomas Heuser. Prior to each Symphony concert weekend, Dr. Heuser provides a free 1-hour lecture that provides context for the upcoming performances. These free events are an engaging way to deepen the experience of the live performance experience.

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