Devin Patrick Hughes, Conductor, Boulder Symphony.
Revolutionizing the landscape over which an orchestra interacts with its community, Devin Patrick Hughes is quickly becoming recognized as one of the leading champions for audience building, educational outreach and new music premiers in America. Currently serving as music director and conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic and the Boulder Symphony, Devin was the only American selected with eleven other conductors worldwide to compete in the Arturo Toscanini International Conducting Competition in Parma, Italy and was a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. He has also recently held conducting positions as music director of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, Denver Contemporary Chamber Players, Resident Conductor of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, and assistant conductor for the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.
As an entrepreneur in the realm of music education, Devin has inspired new listeners by engaging kids in the music and stories behind the music throughout the community. Programs Devin has founded and developed include a high school apprenticeship program, a community chamber music initiative and playathon, summer camps for kids and adults and Alexander Technique seminars. Devoted to the cause of music existing for a greater societal purpose, Devin has held benefit concerts raising money for organizations such as the Red Cross, Oxfam International, Cultures in Harmony, the Colorado Haiti Project, and has served as an AmeriCorps tutor, mentor and coach for Nothing but Achievers, and the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, where he arranged African-American spirituals for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March. He has partnered to make music more universally assessable through organizations such as I Have a Dream, Circle of Care, and Pinnacle Charter School in Denver. He has also chaired multiple foundational competitions nurturing the development of young performers, composers and conductors and has served as clinician for the Saint Vrain Valley All-District Orchestra Festival. Aside from Devin’s frequent appearances in schools as a clinician and speaker, he has taught courses at the Denver Academy for Lifelong Learning and the Music Schools of the University of Denver and Ithaca College in N.Y. and New Mexico School for the Arts.
A zealous performer and promoter of the music of our time, Devin has fostered multiple composer in residency programs premiering dozens of new works. He has also constructed innovative avenues to bring new music to the forefront of the classical scene. Under his baton, the Boulder Symphony has soared to new artistic heights and become a centralized hub for community-wide outreach and education initiatives, major collaborations and premieres of exciting new music throughout the West. Dedicated to highlighting local composers and exploring the interplay of music, theatre, art and dance, Devin also commissioned and performed multiple musical responses to exhibitions in the Museum of Contemporary Art during Denver Arts Week.