Devin Patrick Hughes is defined as a Musical Architect and is recognized for his exhilarating score interpretations, advocation for music accessibility, innate passion with spiritual curiosity and entrepreneurial vigor.
Concurrently serving as Music Director and Conductor of Boulder Symphony, the Arapahoe Philharmonic, and the Civic Youth Orchestra of Denver, Devin Patrick Hughes’ prior positions with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, and Denver Contemporary Chamber Players accentuate his ambitious spirit as a leader and musician.
Devin was the only American selected with eleven other conductors worldwide to compete in the Toscanini International Conducting Competition in Parma, Italy (Verdi country) and was a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. He has conducted orchestras across North America and Europe including the Winnipeg Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Green Bay Symphony and Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini.
Devoted to music existing for a greater communal purpose, Devin attracts and creatively engages a mixed age audience by bringing the stories behind the music to life and inspiring critically acclaimed performances. Showcasing his passion for outreach, Devin founded and developed a high school apprenticeship program, a community chamber music initiative and playathon, summer camp for all ages, and has held benefit concerts for organizations such as the Red Cross, Oxfam International, Cultures in Harmony, and the Colorado Haiti Project. He has also served as an AmeriCorps tutor, mentor and coach for Nothing But Achievers, and the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, where he arranged spirituals for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. March.
Devin has partnered to make music more universally assessable through organizations such as I Have A Dream, Circle of Care, Freemasons, El Sistema and Pinnacle Charter School in Denver. He has chaired multiple foundational competitions nurturing the development of young performers, composers, and conductors, and serves as guest clinician for multiple school districts across Colorado. Aside from Devin's frequent appearances as a clinician and speaker, he has taught courses at the Denver Academy for Lifelong Learning and the Music Schools of the University of Denver, Ithaca College in New York, and New Mexico School for the Arts and serves as a guest artist with the International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival.
A zealous performer and promoter of the music of our time, Devin has fostered multiple composer in residency programs premiering dozens of new works. He has also constructed innovative avenues to bring new music to the forefront of the classical music scene. Under his baton, the Arapahoe Philharmonic and Boulder Symphony have soared to new artistic heights and become a centralized hub for community-wide outreach and education initiatives, major collaborations, operatic performances, and premieres of exciting new music. Dedicated to highlighting local composers and exploring the interplay of music, theatre, art, and dance, Devin also commissioned and performed multiple musical responses to exhibitions in the Museum of Contemporary Art during Denver Arts Week.
Equally active in choral and operatic repertoire, Devin has made community collaborations a recurrent part of orchestral life. He has created a bridge with local businesses and non-profits to begin a community based opera program which combines seasoned operatic professionals with aspiring artists and enthusiastic community members to bring to life the ancient and developing form of opera. He has led productions of Puccini’s La Bohème, Bizet’s Carmen, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ German Requiem, and has also premiered choral-orchestral works by contemporary composers such as Ozie Cargile and Gregory T.S. Walker. Devin also was formerly the conductor of Ball State Opera and has served on the conducting staff for multiple operatic productions, and looks forward to creating more opportunities for vocal and symphonic productions along the Front Range.