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.
Devin has recently been selected as the Music Director Designate and Mattie Kelly Distinguished Chair in Music of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Concurrently serving as Music Director and Conductor of the Boulder Symphony, Arapahoe Philharmonic and 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 recently featured in Maestro, the Solti International Conducting Competition as a semi-finalist, 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 and Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera.
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 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 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. He has recently initiated a collaboration between abstract painter Will Day and New York based composer Jonathan Bingham which will result in music and art extemporaneously being created in real-time. As a civically minded citizen, Devin was appointed by City Council to serve as an Arts & Culture Commissioner for the City of Boulder and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Devin’s education includes studies at Ithaca College, University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, Grinnell College, Vienna Conservatory of Music, and Ball State University. Devin shares a life with his soulmate Molly, an Alexander Technique practitioner and singer, along with their cat and wannabe daughter Chakra.