Mission & Board of Directors

Our Mission

The Valley Youth Orchestra is a board-run, 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing a youth orchestra to Colorado’s Western Slope communities. Our mission is to inspire young string musicians in a nurturing environment with a focus on peer mentoring and musical excellence.

In addition, we perform at local schools through our Strings in School program,  provide chamber ensemble performances in the surrounding communities, and collaborate with other regional arts organizations.

Our Board of Directors

VYO is run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. All parents and other supportive adults are encouraged to participate and attend our open board meetings. Please feel free to use our contact page to reach out to any of the board members listed below if you have any questions or are interested in serving on the Board.

  • Kari Durfee- Board President
  • Rebecc Gat- Vice President
  • William Bell- Secretary
  • Tamara Liebenthal- Treasurer
  • Martha Ditto- Trustee
  • Kalie Lindsay- Trustee
  • Rose Morrisss – Trustee
  • Amber Rainey – Trustee
  • Desiree Simler- Trustee

Are you interested in joining the Board? We'd love to have you!