Devin Patrick Hughes, Music Director and Conductor
Devin Patrick Hughes is highly regarded for his exhilarating score interpretations, advocacy for music accessibility, innate passion, and spiritual curiosity. He is concurrently serving as Music Director and Conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic and the Boulder Symphony, and has established himself as a musical leader in the region through previous positions with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, and Denver Contemporary Chamber Players.
Devin was recently selected from among hundreds of conductors around the world to compete in the 2017 Solti International Conducting Competition in Budapest and Pécs, Hungary. In 2010, he was the only American selected with eleven other conductors worldwide to compete in the Toscanini International Conducting Competition in Parma, Italy (Verdi country). He was a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and has conducted orchestras across North America and Europe including the Winnipeg Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Green Bay Symphony and Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini.
A zealous performer and promoter of the music of our time, Devin has fostered multiple composer residency programs, and constructed innovative avenues to bring new compositions to the forefront of the classical music scene. Under his baton, the Arapahoe Philharmonic and Boulder Symphony have reached new artistic heights and become hubs for community 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.
Hisham Bravo Groover, Assistant Conductor
Conductor and violinist, Hisham Bravo Groover, is currently serving in his first season as Assistant Conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic. At the same time, he directs the Arapahoe Community College String Orchestra and also teaches violin. Outside of Denver, his upcoming performance schedule includes appearances with the Mississippi Valley Orchestra as well as with the CSU-Pueblo Honors Orchestra.
During his time in Colorado, Hisham has worked with numerous orchestras in the area. From 2016-2018, he served as the Associate Conductor for the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore, while pursuing his Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from the Lamont School of Music, he served as the Assistant Conductor for the Lamont Symphony Orchestra as well as the Lamont Opera Theatre, during which he assisted in the productions of Die Fledermaus and Le Nozze di Figaro.
Before his time in Colorado, Hisham graduated from The University of Iowa with a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting. In Iowa, he conducted various university ensembles including the UI Chamber Orchestra, All-University String Orchestra, Opera Scenes, and the Center for New Music. Moreover, he was an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Ripon College, Wisconsin, where he served as the conductor of the Ripon College Orchestra.
Hisham also holds a Master’s Degree in Violin Pedagogy from Western Kentucky University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from Loyola University in New Orleans. His violin studies have also taken him to the New Zealand School of Music as well as to the Jacobs School of Music during two of its summer festivals. Hisham’s primary conducting mentors are Dr. William LaRue Jones and Dr. Lawrence Golan.
As Assistant Conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic, Hisham is proud to serve during its 65th season.