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Civic Youth Orchestra South


Devin Patrick Hughes

Devin Patrick Hughes is defined as a Musical Architect and is recognized for his exhilarating score interpretations, an advocate for music accessibility, innate passion with spiritual curiosity, and entrepreneurial vigor.

Concurrently serving as Music Director and Conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic and Boulder Symphony, Devin's prior positions with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, and Denver Contemporary Chamber Players accentuate his ambitious spirit as a leader and musician.

Symphony Orchestra 

The Symphony Orchestra performs 3-6 concerts a year, including a side-by-side concert opportunity with the Arapahoe Philharmonic. Repertoire will include movements from Beethoven's 5th, Schubert's "Great" Symphony, Haydn's "Miracle" Symphony, and more! Students will also get the chance to perform a work by the resident composer with the Arapahoe Philharmonic!  Concerts will be at varying venues in and around the Highlands Ranch area.  

Auditions are required for enrollment in the Symphony Orchestra.  Ages range from 8-18. Rehearsals are held weekly at Avanti Music Academy, and take place Sunday afternoons from 5:00pm-7:30pm.  


We have open enrollment and will continue to play throughout the rest of the winter/spring 2017 semester!! If you are interested in joining the Civic Youth Orchestra, call us and we'll have a private audition! Auditions will be on SUNDAYS.

Audition Requirements

We ask that you prepare the following for your audition:

  • A solo piece, or pieces, no longer than 3 minutes that best demonstrates your technique and musicality. 


A few notes on excerpts...

  1. If divisi are present, please play the top/highest part, unless it is indicated otherwise.
  2. Play in the right tempo, and with expression.  Nerves are strong, and tend to push us to play too fast.  Breathe, and be musical!
  3. Be confident!!

Brian LaGuardia

Scott Bird

Civic Youth Orchestra at Boettcher

The Civic Youth Orchestra performs with participating members/coaches from the Arapahoe Philharmonic on the stage of Boettcher Concert Hall on Feb. 27, 2017. They will be again performing at Lone Tree Arts Center on May 22, 2017!! Join to take part in these exclusive opportunities!