Your Local, All-Volunteer, Community Orchestra
Serving Aurora, Colorado & the Denver Metro Since 1978
WHO WE ARE
Interim Music Director Kyle Rupley is the Paul D. Wren Music Director Chair and Principal Conductor of the Aurora Symphony Orchestra.
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Our volunteer musicians number over 60 and range in age from 15 to 85.
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Mission and History
Founded in 1978 by local civic leader Alice Lee Main and founding conductor Gloria Olsen, the Aurora Symphony Orchestra embraces our community’s rich cultural diversity and appreciation for the arts by performing symphonic music that honors our heritage, celebrates our contemporary artistic environment and forges a cultural legacy for the future. Its first public performance was given at the Bicentennial Park as part of the Aurora Arts 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 Aurora Symphony also offers a myriad of musical opportunities for children of all ages. Our Board of Directors, Music Director, and all the members of the orchestra have a strong commitment to arts education in the community to develop better citizens and a life-long love of music.
As part of the concert season, our annual Children’s & Family performances are a wonderful, free way to introduce children to the great world of 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 these highly entertaining concerts and by allowing them hands-on opportunities to learn about the
different instruments of the orchestra.
We are now back at our original home at the Aurora Fox, this facility offers easy access from anywhere in the metro area with free parking and comfortable seating.
Gloria Olsen 1978 – 1989
Richard Molzer 1989 – 2003
Richard Niezen 2003 – 2011
Norman Gamboa 2011 – 2022
The Aurora Symphony Orchestra presents quality music in Aurora and surrounding communities.
The Aurora Symphony Orchestra embraces our community’s rich cultural diversity and appreciation for the arts by performing an array of music that honors our heritages, celebrates our contemporary artistic environment and forges a cultural legacy for the future.