About the San Juan Symphony
In the early 1970’s, amateur musicians in Farmington, New Mexico and Durango, Colorado founded two separate orchestras. Today, the combined groups form the core of a 65-member orchestra that draws musicians from the entire Four Corners region, and is governed by a Board of Directors whose members are drawn from Farmington and Durango. The San Juan Symphony performs at Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall at San Juan College in Farmington, NM, the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, and the Palm Theater in Telluride, CO.
The San Juan Symphony is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra League. In June 2002, it appointed music director, Arthur Post, who has relocated to the area. Arthur Post has conducted in the U.S. and Europe, most notably as Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Associate Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic (see biography). His energetic leadership and approachable style are inspiring musicians and audience alike.
The San Juan Symphony strives to represent the Four Corners by presenting music that reflects the area’s mix of Anglo, Native American and Hispanic cultures. Local land, and the lives of the people who live on it, are the focus of thematic programs. Well-known classics are illuminated when they are performed on programs alongside contemporary and folk music. The Symphony has collaborated with area artists, both students and professionals, on projects that produce a synergy of the visual and musical arts.
The San Juan Symphony serves the area's communities through its educational programs, which currently touch children in many area elementary, middle and high schools (see Education). The Symphony sponsors competitive music scholarships to the local colleges, masterclasses by guest soloists and an extensive Meet-a-Musician program where local musicians visit individual classrooms. In addition, the Symphony enjoys a cooperative relationship with Fort Lewis College, and both faculty and students are members of the orchestra.