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The Playground Ensemble, made up of faculty and alumni from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, is the Rocky Mountain Region's premier new music group. We are professional musicians, composers and fans dedicated to presenting classical music as a living art form.

The Playground has performed at many notable venues and festivals including the National Performing Arts Convention, the International Society of Improvised Music Annual Conference, Mile High Voltage Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Arvada Center, and the Denver Art Museum. We have performed with, or worked directly with a diverse cast of new music luminaries including Eyvind Kang, Morten Lauridsen, So Percussion, Evan Ziporyn, and Ron Miles. Our efforts have been recognized with awards and funding from the American Music Center, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and Meet the Composer, as well as numerous regional foundations and individuals. The Playground was number two in a recent Denver Post article entitled Meet Colorado's 5 best chamber music groups.

In addition to an annual concert season that features the work of recognized composers, we work to cultivate a thriving local composition community. With exciting outreach programs like Living Music- Living Composer and our innovative Young Composers Playground we are showing young people, and people of all ages, that classical music is vibrant, adventurous and relevant to the world they live in. We hope to inspire our audiences to not only listen, but to create!

Now in its 8th year, our Colorado Composers Concert (CoCoCo), has featured 71 works by 51 different Colorado-basedcomposers including a number of K-12 composers. Be watching our web site for the next deadline and be sure to alert any composers you know to this opportunity.

The Playground's mission is to provide stimulating performances, expand common perceptions of both contemporary music and the chamber ensemble, and nurture a community around this music that we love.

If you want to get involved, please write us at playground@playgroundensemble.org.


Jason Rodon

Brian Ebert

Ben Cantu

Sonya Yeager-Meeks

Rachel Hargroder

Heidi Leathwood

Jonathan Leathwood

Sarah Johnson

Anna Morris

Don Schumacher

Richard Von Foerster

Megan Buness

Conrad Kehn
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