The Health and Wellness Community Orchestra
The Health and Wellness Community Orchestra is based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Our first concert was in December of 2008 at Poudre Valley Hospital. The orchestra is composed of musicians who love to play for improving health and for the enjoyment (wellness) of our audience. We now rehearse and perform at the University Center of the Arts at Colorado State University.
Founded by Dr. Ann Yanagi in October 2008 and under the music direction of Leslie Stewart for its first 15 years, the Health and Wellness Community Orchestra was initially envisioned to give playing opportunities to employees of the Poudre Valley Health System (now University of Colorado Health). These members have included medical doctors, registered nurses, pharmacist, unit assistant and transcriptionist, as well as hospital staff who work in various departments including medical records, housekeeping and the UCHS Foundation. The orchestra now includes people from all walks of life as well as several private music instructors, school music teachers, students and professors from Colorado State University and Front Range Community College.
** For instructions on how to join the orchestra: click here