Devin Patrick Hughes is defined as a Musical Architect and is recognized for his exhilarating score interpretations, advocacy for music accessibility, innate passion with spiritual curiosity and entrepreneurial vigor.

Devin is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Boulder Symphony, Arapahoe Philharmonic, and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Prior positions with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Civic Youth Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, and Contemporary Chamber Players accentuate his ambitious spirit as a leader and musician.  

Devin was recently invited to the Antal Dorati Conducting Competition and featured in Maestro, the Solti International Conducting Competition as a semi-finalist in Budapest. He was the only American selected with eleven other conductors worldwide to compete in the Toscanini International Conducting Competition, 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, Des Moines Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Italy, Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera and Budapest Symphony Orchestra.

Devoted to music existing for a greater communal purpose, Devin attracts and creatively engages audiences of all stripes 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 play-in, 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 Carnegie Hall, I Have A Dream, Circle of Care, Freemasons, El Sistema, Flatirons Strings Academy, 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 an annual guest artist with the International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival.

Equally active in choral and operatic repertoire, Devin has made community collaborations a recurrent part of orchestral life.  He has combined local orchestras, businesses and non-profits to begin a community based opera program which combines seasoned operatic professionals with aspiring artists and enthusiastic community members to create unique operatic experiences. This grassroots opera initiative based in Colorado attracts dozens of vocalists nationwide per season for critically acclaimed opera and operetta productions along the Front Range, and spawned a new Opera Chorus that performs with orchestras across the region. Among others, Devin has led productions of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, 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 living composers such as Ozie Cargile, Austin Wintory & Gregory T.S. Walker.

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, Boulder Symphony, and now the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra have soared to new artistic heights and become a centralized hub for community-wide outreach and education initiatives, major collaborations, operatic performances, and premieres and recordings 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. Recently Devin has brought premieres of award winning composer Sarah Kirkland Snider’s music to Colorado and initiated a collaboration between abstract painter Will Day and composer Jonathan Bingham which resulted in music and art extemporaneously being created in real-time in collaboration with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. As a civically minded citizen and ambassador for the arts, Devin was appointed by City Council to serve as Arts & Culture Commissioner for the City of Boulder. Devin’s education includes studies at Ithaca College School of Music, University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, Grinnell College, Vienna Conservatory of Music, and Ball State University.

Devin's mission is to connect with and profoundly affect the human spirit through live performance and education.

"My artistic vision is for the symphony to be celebrated and enmeshed in all aspects of society. The 21st century orchestra must directly engage the general public with the excitement, profundity and novelty of classical music. My mission is to merge all aspects of the symphony within communities by inspiring kids and adults with the creativity, joy and drama of classical music. It is essential to showcase all the diverse aspects of classical music, including baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, jazz, opera, pop, and folk music.

We must perform, engage and inspire outside of the concert hall to reach people who have limited exposure to classical music and show them how vibrant, impactful and purposeful it can be for their daily lives. All the great composers, including the living ones, experience “normal” lives, and are human beings trying to figure out how their unique talents can contribute to the troubled worlds in which they live. It is awesome to realize that everyone has this potential, revealing their skills to make the world a better place.

This is, I believe the essential message of classical music: that everyone can make a difference in their culture and community, and that we are all connected in the human experience. Inspired music-making breaks down the perceived differences that are too often highlighted in our culture, and brings us closer to a society of cooperation, empowerment and enrichment."

- Devin Patrick Hughes

But this orchestra, under the direction of Devin Hughes, has come a long way. Mr. Hughes is a fine musician and is certainly capable of getting much out of this orchestra. He proved beyond a doubt that he knows what Brahms and Dvorak are made of, and he draws a wonderful vigorousness and excitement from everyone in front of him. It is contagious!
— Opus Colorado
Hughes has proven an ambitious music director, eager to take the orchestra in a new direction and define for it a new role in the community. Today’s concert is a fine example of his success. An adventurous program featuring two world premieres documents Hughes’ willingness to move beyond established repertory.
— Boulder Daily Camera
Mr. Hughes himself is another brilliant star in our community musical compendium. The Sultan of all things who comports himself with such aplomb and has such charisma for one who is probably older (chronologically) than he appears—it almost gives one pause. And then you have to look at all that talent and just think “WOW.”
— Boulder Music Festivals Examiner
Hughes shared the sense of mystery and reverie so inherent in this piece of music. It highlighted his ability to communicate with the orchestra using facial expression and his ever-changing technique, switching from steady beats to conducting in huge, sweeping phrases, to draw what he wanted from the orchestra. It was very clear from the orchestra’s reaction to, and partnership with Devin Hughes, that they were having a very good time wallowing in the music. It was full of life... the tempo of the third movement, the Minuet, was absolutely perfect. He truly imparts to them the joy and excitement of making music. As he conducts, it is clear that he views his relationship with the orchestra as a partnership.
— Opus Colorado