Don’t let finances get in the way of learning to play an instrument!  Low cost instrument rentals provided through our Heartstrings program is one of the many ways Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts fulfills its vision of Music For All…For Life!  The Center for Musical Arts annual Instrument Rental Fair will be held on Thursday, September 11th from 3-6pm in CMA’s Grimes Hall.  We have gently used instruments including strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and more!  Instruments can be rented as low as $5 per month.  Please come prepared to sign a rental agreement and set up a payment plan.  There will also be information available on Fall classes, lessons, and ensembles!


Registration is open for all 2014/2015 lessons, classes, and ensembles.  Click here for programs and more information.  Sign up by calling Registrar Nancy Brace at (303) 665.0599 x100.  Online registration coming soon!

Music Mash-up Beethoven v Coldplay Video

Check out the video from this year’s Music Mash-up Concert Beethoven v Coldplay, composed and directed by Music Mash-up Music Director Steve Hackman.

Music Director Search In Progress

2014 Festival imageThe Festival has once again come to a close; however, the Music Director search is full speed ahead. Read full reviews from The Daily Camera and Sharps & Flatirons blog.  A decision will be announced this fall.

Who would you choose?  Visit our Facebook page to share your comments.



We are proud to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Andrew Bradford. Although his official start date is August 11, Bradford will be working with our organization throughout the summer, participating in the Music Director selection process and other special events.

“I am delighted to be joining the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts.  With its sterling reputation as a premier summer music festival and its unparalleled commitment to presenting the highest quality music and educational programs for the benefit of the community, the organization is ideally positioned for a bright and prosperous future,” said Bradford. “I very much look forward to working with the Board to expand the organization’s impact and reach, and to ensure that it has the resources necessary to continue being an exemplar of the ideal 21st-century classical music organization.”

Bradford comes to CMF & CMA from Chicago where he has served as Executive Director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra for the past two years.  During his tenure, he balanced the organization’s budget and delivered operating surpluses, implemented an artistic vision to perform American music on every concert, created the orchestra’s popular presenting series, and expanded the orchestra’s audience base and geographic reach by building new relationships with multiple Chicago-area venues, including the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

Bradford holds a Bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied music and management. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Management Fellowship program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, where he was a protégé of arts management guru, Michael Kaiser. His broad administrative and operational experience includes orchestra management, marketing, development, and strategic planning with organizations including the National Symphony Orchestra, The Kennedy Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Houston Symphony, and San Francisco Classical Voice. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Council of Orchestras.

New Music Discovery Garden

DSCN3327We are proud to present our new Music Discovery Garden - a collection of large, outdoor interactive percussion instruments that include “Contrabass Chimes,” “The Swirl,” the “Flying Amadinda,” and three “WeeNotes.” These exciting outdoor instruments were made by Richard Cooke of Freenotes Harmony Park and have been installed on the northwest corner of the center.  We invite you to come on over anytime and give our new outdoor instruments a try!