All concerts begin at 7:30 pm in the magnificent sanctuary of Trinity Episcopal Church, 3800 W. 20th St., Greeley, Colorado.

Adults – $10
Youth Age 18 and Under – Free
College age – $5

Tickets available at the door.



Concerto Contest Winner Lucy Rissman



As a junior at Boulder High School, Lucy Rissman (age 17) has played violin since she was 9. She participates in many musical activities outside of Boulder High’s top orchestra and Boulder Suzuki Strings. With the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras (GBYO), Lucy is concertmaster of the Symphony orchestra and a mentor for the Sinfonia orchestra. For the past two years, she participated in Western States Honor Orchestra Festival, Colorado All State Orchestra, and the Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute Advanced Chamber Camp where she studied with the Phoenix Quartet.

Lucy studies with Stacey Brady and previously with Anthony Salvo. She is very grateful to all her wonderful teachers and mentors. Besides Bruch, Gustav Mahler is currently one of Lucy’s favorite composers. Lucy especially enjoys the fourth movement of Mahler’s first symphony and the first movement of his third symphony.

Lucy also enjoys photography. She is looking forward to Boulder High’s senior orchestra trip to Europe where she hopes to capture many spectacular moments, musical and otherwise, with her camera.

The Walter and Virginia Charles Concerto Contest

The Greeley Chamber Orchestra organized the Walter and Virginia Charles Concerto Contest in 1982 for high school musicians from northern Colorado (Boulder, Larimer, Morgan, and Weld counties) to promote and publicly recognize outstanding musicianship in our youth. The late Virginia Charles made a generous donation to the orchestra in honor of her late husband, Walter Charles. The concerto contest, created with Virginia's approval, was named after Walter at her request. All cash prizes given to the winners of the contest have come from Mrs. Charles' original and subsequent gifts. Virginia Charles passed away in 1986 and the name of the contest was changed at that time to honor both of these patrons of youth and music.

Walter Charles was the founder and conductor of the Colorado Philharmonic, now known as the National Repertory Orchestra. Virginia, a musician herself, was also instrumental in the success of that fine orchestra as well as assisting Walter in managing "Music Magic," a varied and dynamic program designed to expose young people to music. Together, Virginia and Walter fostered and promoted the musical careers of countless young people and this concerto contest continues that legacy.