Through the power of music, Augustana Arts illuminates the soul and connects communities. In changing times, we honor the past and explore the future with a spirit of innovation.
With this simple yet galvanizing vision as a guide, Augustana Arts fulfils its mission to create opportunities to inspire and educate through music.
Augustana Arts began its pursuit for excellence and innovation in 1997 having begun as program of Augustana Lutheran Church, presenting a broad range of classical music performances. The founding visionaries of this small but mighty organization recognized a longing in both the church community and the community at large for exceptional yet unique and diverse classical music concerts.
One year after establishing itself as an independent non-profit concert presenter, Augustana Arts began producing Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra meeting the need for a creative outlet for local talent. Year after year, the orchestra has grown both in artistry and aesthetics evolving into an expressive, contemporary music experience, prompting the name change in 2015 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. Again, this group of visionaries saw a need and took action. City Strings began with borrowed instruments, a few students and a volunteer instructor. The program now serves 150 students in three counties through ten programs. Highly-trained and degreed professionals provide hope for a better future to the children in the community with the most barriers to success.
In 2003, Colorado Women’s Chorale (CWC) was formed giving expression to the centuries-old art of the all-female choir. Women from across the Metro area come together every performance season to share their love of singing as well as their great talent with the community.
Building on the success of CWC, Colorado Men’s Chorale (CMC) was created in the spring of 2016 providing the perfect complement to the women’s voices as well as the full array of Augustan Arts programming.
Over the years, Augustana has blossomed into an accomplished classical music organization with a reputation for excellence. Soon to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Augustana Arts has remained steadfast and true to touching the lives of people in the community through high quality music arts experiences. Although small in stature Augustana Arts is a true community arts organization, proud of its ability to present significant artists at affordable prices.
Augustana Lutheran Church has remained a great friend and partner providing Augustana Arts with both office space and performance space. With breathtaking acoustics and a magnificent organ, Augustana Lutheran has been recognized as one of the most significant performance spaces in the Denver area.