About the ASO

Vision Statement

The Aurora Symphony Orchestra embraces our community’s rich cultural diversity and appreciation for the arts by performing symphonic music that honors our heritages, celebrates our contemporary artistic environment and forges a cultural legacy for the future.

Mission Statement

To operate a viable, financially stable organization that engages and inspires musicians toward excellence in musical performance, and to enlighten, educate and entertain culturally diverse audiences through classical music while also building bridges within the community and promoting a greater understanding of our shared humanity.

Our History

The Aurora Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1978 by local civic leader and musician Alice Lee Main when a young conductor named Gloria Olsen approached her with an idea to start a community orchestra. After a few newspaper articles to attract musicians, the fledgling orchestra — the Aurora Civic Orchestra — began with 15 musicians. Their first public performance was at Bicentennial Park for the AurorArts Festival in 1979. From that modest start, the orchestra steadily grew into Aurora’s only symphony orchestra when it became a non-profit corporation in 1996.

The ASO offers musical opportunities for children of all ages. Conductor Richard Niezen and the members of the ASO have a strong commitment to educating the young musicians in the community to develop a life-long love of music.

As part of the October -– May concert season, the annual Childrens Concert is a wonderful, free way to introduce children to music and musical instruments. Children who participate in music education have been shown to develop positive life learning skills such as self-discipline, self-expression and higher self-esteem. Symphony members enjoy encouraging children to develop their musical abilities through this entertaining performance and by giving them hands-on opportunities to learn about the instruments after the performance.

Our performance venues are easily accessible from anywhere in the metro area with free parking and comfortable seating.


Mailing Address:
Aurora Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 441481
Aurora, Colorado 80044