Welcome to the homepage of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic! We are a non-profit, community orchestra that is composed of volunteers from all walks of life in the Colorado Springs area. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments. We hope you enjoy your visit to our site!
Arts Business Education Consortium Awards 2016
Ongoing Support of the Arts an award presented to the Pikes Peak Philharmonic for providing outstanding arts experiences in education.
From its birth in 1965 the Pikes Peak Philharmonic, then the Colorado Springs Community Orchestra, has nurtured high school and college students with education, rehearsals, sectionals, and most importantly, opportunities for performance. The PPP is a working partnership of community musicians, educators, music teachers, students and audiences. The PPP partners with local schools with a goal to cross-pollinate a variety of musical talents. Conductor Silvestri believes music is an “art that deserves to be cultivated, no matter the age of the artist; a community orchestra makes that a reality. Inclusion and development of our young musicians is important because they are the next generation of consumers and performers.”
- Nomination Letter submitted by Julie Shavin
(read entire letter here)
pre-concert lecture series
Our conductor, Luciano R. Silvestri, Jr., will be providing interesting and educational background information about the pieces of music that we will be performing beginning at 2:15 p.m. immediately before each concert. Please join us for this learning experience!
friends of the pikes peak philharmonic
The Friends of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic welcomes men and women interested in helping us in presenting four programs each season. The Friends are an essential part of our philharmonic. They provide finesse to our musician-managed organization, and also bring valuable opportunities to promote awareness of our concerts, related events and
The Friends organization needs you to contribute a little of your time and talent. Membership in the Friends is open to any current season ticket holder. Volunteers ready for a rewarding and fun experience should call 685-6468 or contact us. Thank you so much for your support of the arts in Colorado Springs. It is much appreciated!
The orchestra now known as the Pikes Peak Philharmonic was formed in 1965 to provide additional playing opportunities for students at Colorado College. The Colorado Springs Community Orchestra, as it was first called, was quickly expanded to include musicians from the rest of the community. In 1972, the Colorado Springs Symphony sponsored and controlled the group with Charles Ansbacher as its Music Director and principal Conductor. The sponsorship of the Symphony was dissolved in 1986 due to financial reasons. With this vital outlet for performing serious symphonic music virtually gone, several musicians from the group incorporated a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the name, Pikes Peak Civic Orchestra. In 1997, the name of the group was changed to Pikes Peak Philharmonic. The funding for the orchestra has been through the assessment of dues, door receipts, and outside donations.