Play It Forward

A morning benefiting the education and outreach initiatives of your Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra will be held Friday, September 29th

The Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra (GPO) is a symbol of artistic excellence and cultural enrichment. Beyond its captivating musical performances, the GPO is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the community through its Play It Forward event. This transformative initiative stands as a testament to the orchestra's commitment to education. The GPO plays a crucial role in shaping the future of aspiring musicians and providing valuable educational opportunities to the community.

The Foundation of Play It Forward

Play It Forward is more than just an event; it is a celebration of music's power to change lives. The program is built on the belief that every child should have access to quality music education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. The GPO has made it their mission to break barriers and empower young minds through the magic of music with composition workshops, the Greeley Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, music business internships and an introduction to orchestra event for elementary students.

Access to Music Education

Central to the Play It Forward initiative is the creation of the Greeley Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Youth orchestras provide young musicians with a platform to cultivate their musical talents and foster a love for orchestral music. These ensembles offer a nurturing environment where participants can develop skills such as discipline, teamwork, and creativity. Youth orchestras instill a sense of dedication and commitment, helping to shape responsible and well-rounded individuals. These orchestras contribute to the cultural enrichment of communities and play a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of musicians while promoting a deeper appreciation for the beauty and power of music. 


This season, the GPO will also present Zoorchestra, an event for elementary students in Greeley-Evans School District 6. Students will engage with multiple aspects of professional orchestras (including instruments, behind-the-scenes production, composition, and conducting) through games and activities. This early introduction is intended to act as an accelerator for participation in school music classes, while supporting the education curricula of their teachers.

Hands-On Learning

The GPO recognizes that education initiatives should include opportunities for university and high school students to gain experience in professional settings. In tune with this belief, we provide paid Music Business Internships for students to develop skills in non-profit leadership, development, management, event production, and marketing.

The Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra's Play It Forward event, intertwined with its comprehensive education initiatives, exemplifies the convergence of art and education. By sharing the magic of music with the community and providing access to quality music education, the GPO creates an orchestra of young hearts and minds, ready to compose a brighter future for themselves and the world. The GPO remains steadfast in its commitment to Play it Forward and enrich the lives of countless individuals through the transformative power of music and education.

Play it Forward is sponsored by Sky Service Pros, Greeley Hat Works, Salt & Light, Mariposa Flowers,

Aunt Helen's Coffee House, Award Alliance, & KFKA Radio. For tickets visit Greeleyphil.org/tickets

The GPO composer-in-residence Dylan Fixmer conducts free composition classes for Greeley-Evans School District 6 music classrooms. In 2022, Fixmer launched the inaugural “Magic Baton Melody Contest,” a composition contest serving local students in grades 2-12.

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