Since 1920, Helping Young Artists Take Flight

Allied Arts had to postpone its 100-year celebration due to Covid, but we hope to have an anniversary celebration in the future.

Past Events

Sunday, November 10, 4 PM
Monday, November 11, 7:30 PM

Former grantees and violinists MIchelle Lie and Ross Snyder will perform as part of the Tesla Quartet at Grusin Hall on the CU Boulder Campus. 

Various Composers: Variations on a Russian Theme
Pavel Karmanov (b. 1970): String Quartet
2019 Call for Scores Winner (TBA)
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11

Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style, or technical demand” (The International Review of Music), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. Dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad, the Tesla Quartet has won top prizes in numerous international competitions, most recently taking Second Prize as well as the Haydn Prize and Canadian Commission Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Tickets $20-$26

Sunday, September 15, 4:30 PM 

World-renowned mezzo-soprano Megan Marino, appearing with Opera Colorado in the 2019 production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia,​ and pianist Sara Parkinson will perform at an intimate house concert. A light supper will be served after the performance.  Seating is limited. Tickets are $75.  Click here for event details

Megan Marino
American-Italian mezzo-soprano Megan Marino is a genre-adventurous, “gifted actress with a strong, appealing voice graced by a rich lower register” [Opera News]. Be it on- or off-stage, standard fare, forgotten gem, or a work in progress, she’s driven by the glory of the art form, a deep yearning to tell meaningful stories and pure undiluted moxie. The 2019-20 season sees role and house debuts as Dorabella, Susanna & Zerlina in a Mozart and Da Ponte Trilogy ​with Opéra National de Bordeaux, a return to the Opéra National de Paris for role debuts as Wellgunde in their new ​Ring Cycle, ​as well as returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Flora in ​La traviata ​and Opera Colorado as Rosina in ​Il barbiere di Siviglia. Upcoming seasons include returns to the Santa Fe Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. Her recent appearances include the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Dallas Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Spoleto Festival USA and Caramoor Music Festival. She has garnered awards from the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, George London Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Marcello Giordani Foundation, Kurt Weill Foundation and the Oratorio Society of New York.

Sara Parkinson
Sara Parkinson maintains a varied career as pianist, conductor and arts administrator. She has served on the staff and faculties of University of Colorado at Boulder, Cornell College and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Sara was recently named Director of Education & Community Engagement at the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. As pianist, she performs regularly with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, members of the Colorado Symphony and she is a founding member of the tango ensemble Grande Orquesta Navarre. As conductor, she made her operatic conducting debut with Mozart’s ​Così fan tutte for Boulder Opera in 2018 and she has been Music Director at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Boulder since 2015. Sara attended The Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for CU-Boulder’s 2019 Eklund Opera production of ​Eugene Onegin. She has been a member of the Central City Opera Ensemble since 2012, performing in gala events and in elementary schools across the Denver Metro area. Dr. Parkinson holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Iowa and the New England Conservatory of Music and a DMA in collaborative piano from CU-Boulder.