• About Us

Who we are

Founded in 1979, Swallow Hill Music began as an outgrowth of the Denver Folklore Center, a music store in Denver’s Swallow Hill neighborhood that offered music lessons and performances to the community in the 1960s and 1970s. When the Folklore Center closed temporarily in the late 1970s, a group of committed volunteers formed Swallow Hill Music as a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “bring the joy of music to life every day.” From these humble beginnings, we have grown to become a cultural asset and distinct thread in Colorado’s musical fabric.

As a home for individuals and families who want to learn about, listen to and perform music, we invite everyone to connect and experience music in their own way. Swallow Hill Music hosts exceptional musical experiences throughout the community, focusing on the presentation of world-class artists who enrich the local arts scene and range from noteworthy local performers to up-and-coming and seasoned national and international acts. Our music school welcomes students into an inclusive community where they make social connections through music. With more than 165,000 musical connections made each year, Swallow Hill Music brings a new energy to the Denver metro area with programming that builds a community of music listeners and learners that are connecting to music in fresh and innovative ways.

Vision, Mission, and Values


To positively impact the quality of people’s lives through music.


Bringing the joy of music to life every day.


COMMUNITY: We bring together students, concert goers, employees, volunteers and supporters to share a comfortable and friendly environment infused with music.

LEADERSHIP: We engage in civic leadership, helping grow, guide and shape Denver’s music ecosystem.

INCLUSIVITY: We promote inclusiveness in our programming, employment practices and leadership recruitment, reflecting the diversity of communities we serve.

RESPECT: We celebrate and embrace the music tradition of all cultures, engaging those around us in conversation.

QUALITY: We deliver high quality music experiences to our listeners and learners, engaging and employing professional and accomplished musicians and teachers.

CULTIVATION: We foster the talent of all our music makers.

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