Youth Programming

The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild works closely with the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation and our local school districts to provide outreach concerts to enhance the schools’ performing arts programs. We are proud to say that through this partnership, we are able to reach every school-aged child in Ouray County.

Upcoming events

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Youth programming is at the heart of the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild. It has been central to our mission since day one, presenting an opportunity to cultivate an appreciation for the arts at an early age.

~ Sue Hillhouse


The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild is pleased to offer scholarships to nurture performing arts skills in young individuals in our community, leading to a lifelong interest in the performing arts – either as a professional performer, or as an avocation while pursuing an unrelated career.

We offer scholarships for middle and high school students, graduating high school seniors and students pursuing a college degree.

The first type of scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and those already enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning.
The second type of scholarship is for middle and high school students, with a grant component for community organizations supporting students of the performing arts.
New for 2020 is a scholarship to be awarded to one student enrolled in a college or university working towards a a performance arts degree (major or minor) or an arts-related teaching degree (major or minor) with the intention to saty active in the arts after the receipt of their degree – either as a performer or accredited teacher.

youth programs

Listen, learn and love music

Every year in late summer or early fall, a group of renowned musicians travels to Ouray County to produce the San Juan Chamber MusicFest, under the artistic direction of celebrated pianist Max Levinson. One of the highlights of MusicFest is its annual free family-friendly concert.

While we are committed to classical music, OCPAG has recently made it an objective to widen our audience, and we now have events across a broad range of genres that appeal to all ages. Recently, for example, we hosted the Colorado Children’s Chorale for a tremendously successful family-friendly concert.

OCPAG is committed to making its events accessible to the youth in our community. As such, we offer student tickets at a minimal ($5) cost to all of our events.

Student violinist receives masterful instruction from SJCMF guest musician Nurit Pacht. (Photo by Sue Hillhouse)

Master Classes

Master Classes offered through the San Juan Chamber MusicFest in the late summer or early fall provide an opportunity for serious music students in the region to work one-on-one with a world-class musician in perfecting a prepared piece.

Master Classes are typically offered for piano, cello and violin students, but instruments vary depending on which musicians are participating in the MusicFest from year to year.

A donation of $25 for students is requested for students receiving a 30-minute lesson on any one instrument; however, scholarships are available.

Please e-mail for details.

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