For 20 years, Augustana Arts has been serving the Denver community through high quality classical/traditional music performance and education programming and has recently been named one of the top ten arts organizations in the community by The Denver Post.
Augustana Arts began in 1997 presenting classical music through its Concert Series. In 1998, the organization formed a community chamber orchestra to supplement its classical music offerings to the community. Over the years, the orchestra evolved into a more expressive, contemporary music experience prompting the name change to Stratus Chamber Orchestra.
In 2002, City Strings was founded to bring the power of music education to the least fortunate children in Metro Denver. Targeting chronically low-income neighborhoods, City Strings aids in the cognitive development of students and positions them for significant academic achievement through lessons taught by highly skilled teaching artists.
In 2003, Colorado Women’s Chorale (CWC) was formed giving expression to the centuries-old art of the all-female choir. CWC focuses on broadening the exposure of quality women’s choral music in Colorado while providing a creative performance outlet for female vocalists. The most recent addition to Augustana Arts’ repertoire is the Colorado Men’s Chorale (CMC) which began this spring, providing a perfect complement to female vocal artists in CWC.
This quintet of programming provides a rich landscape of classical and traditional music, securing Augustana Arts’ unique position in the community as a multidisciplinary organization committed to providing accessible high quality classical and traditional music experiences.