The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild is a not-for-profit organization, bringing high-quality events in music, dance, theater and other genres to Ouray and Ridgway since 1983. We sponsor a year-round calendar of exciting concerts and performances for the enjoyment of Ouray County’s residents, visitors  and youth.

Over the past year, audiences in Ouray and Ridgway have enjoyed a great variety of OCPAG-sponsored events, ranging from exquisite classical concerts during the San Juan Chamber MusicFest to lively, engaging performances by Trace Bundy, Jayme Stone, Austin Piazzolla Quintet, New West Guitar Group and the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

We are also thrilled to be partnering with the Friends of the Wright Opera House to co-sponsor events for everyone in Ouray County to enjoy.

OCPAG is also a proud supporter of the Ouray County Chorus. Please visit this link for information regarding their next performance.

35th Anniversary

Our thirty-fifth anniversary year promises to be equally exhilarating. Here are some highlights from our 2017 season:

• Valentine's Salon with Heartbeat,  an A capella ensemble

• 'Appalachian Spring' Classical Concert

Colorado Children's Chorale

• Tracy Bundy "Acoustic Ninja"

Music and Hope: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer

• Blue Sage Chamber Trio: The Lyrical Clarinet - with Bill
   Kalinkos, clarinet and Susan Ellinger, piano

Peter Davison, Family Vaudeville Show

San Juan Chamber MusicFest

  • Classical Cafe at the Ouray County 4H Center
  • Festival Concert at the Wright Opera House
  • Montrose Salon
  • Free Family Concert at the Wright Opera House
  • Ouray County Salon Concert

Apollo Chamber Brass Ensemble

Jayme Stone's "Folklife" Program

John Adams - John Denver Tribute: A Rocky Mountain
  Christmas Program



Ongoing Mission

Part of OCPAG’s ongoing mission is to connect local youth with the performing arts. We have given over $34,000 in scholarships over the past twelve years to deserving students pursuing advanced training in music and theater, and we sponsor a variety of master classes, in-school performances featuring visiting artists, and children’s programs.

We thank our local businesses and foundations for their continuing sponsorships and grants:  

Telluride Foundation
Ouray County Community Fund
Western States Arts Federation
National Endowment for the Arts
Dave and Mary Wood Fund with Western Colorado Community Foundation
Zanett Family Fund
Massard Trust
Citizens State Bank
Alpine Bank
Tisdel Law Firm
Mountain Market
Middleton Accounting
Women's Club of Ouray
Many local businesses
We could not offer the superb talent all have enjoyed without these generous Ouray County neighbors.

Message from President Sue Hillhouse

Welcome to Ouray County Performing Arts Guild!  For over three decades, our organization has been bringing the finest in performing arts to the residents and visitors of beautiful Ouray County, Colorado.  We work hard to present these fine events and hope that you, too, will enjoy what we have to offer.  Thanks for visiting our site!


Board of Directors

  • Sue Hillhouse, President
  • Don Reed, Treasurer
  • Ulli Sir Jesse, Secretary
  • Kelvin Kent
  • Sara Sharpe
  • Sally Swartz
  • Judy Yeo
  • Donna Funk
  • Jen Brock
  • Hazel Stevens Price
  • Heather Greisz, Administrative Assistant

The Story of OCPAG

Ouray Performing Arts Guild (OPAG) began in 1983 when a local group of citizens presented the idea of a Ouray Music Festival. An ambitious committee began raising funds and making plans for that event to happen in July, 1983.

Among the musicians invited to participate was pianist Daniel Epstein. The following year Mr. Epstein and cellist Susan Salm of the Raphael Trio formed the core of the 1984 festival, which included seven chamber music concerts.

The following year the group raised funds to purchase a Yamaha concert grand piano and also received a $2,000 grant from the Colorado Council in Arts and Humanities to help fund the growing festival. OPAG received its IRS Letter of Determination as a 501(c) 3 organization in 1985. That same year, the group won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

OPAG’s flagship annual summer chamber music festival, christened “Music in Ouray,” continued to thrive with performers from New York and many chamber groups from the Southwest. “Music in Ouray” flourished until 2000 when attendance diminished and expenses for the 10-day, five-concert event with its multiple musicians caused a significant deficit in concert revenues.

A new Board of Directors terminated the existing “Music in Ouray” the following year, 2001, and expanded the mission of the organization to include other genres of music and areas of performing arts, and to embrace the county’s youth. OPAG launched a huge fund-raising effort over the next five years to achieve these goals while gaining financial stability once again.

Expanded programs and concert offerings in classical, folk, vocal and jazz music as well as dance, opera, theater and poetry appealed to a larger, more diverse audience. People under the age of 35 now make up about 25 percent of a typical audience. Previously it was less than 5 percent. The organization changed its name to Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG) to embrace all of Ouray County, and purchased a second Yamaha Concert Grand piano so as to be able to offer concerts in Ridgway as well as Ouray.

OCPAG is now a stable, respected non-profit in Ouray County, successfully presenting 10-12 performing arts events each year. We have given over $34,000 in scholarship aid to our youth, and we maintain a stable supporting membership base.

Ouray County Performing Arts Guild

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(970) 626-2970   |   ocpaginfo@gmail.com   |   PO Box 14   |   Ouray, CO   |   81427