Here is a list of all things classical-music-related in Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas. If you have additional links to add or see an existing link that needs to be changed or removed, please post a comment!
The two abiding interests in my life have been astronomy and classical music. I guess you could call me a professional listener, although I do have a pretty decent tenor voice and would love to sing in a secular mixed choir again. I have aspirations of hosting my own classical music program at a public radio station, or at least providing recordings and commentary. I served several years on the board of the Ames International Orchestra Festival Association (AIOFA), including two terms as board president. It was a great experience bringing fine orchestras from all over the world to C.Y. Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa and hosting them during their stay. I love symphony orchestras (chamber music, too!), and would be very happy to serve in a similar capacity during my active retirement years. Or volunteering at a university music department that has a symphony orchestra. While living in Ames, I had the opportunity to attend many wonderful faculty and student recitals.
I have family in West Texas, so am looking to relocate to be closer to them. Would love to connect with the classical music scene somewhere in this tri-state area, so if you know of any good volunteer opportunities, please let me know!
Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra
Providing the Albuquerque Community free concerts since 1972.
American General Media Foundation – Albuquerque, NM
Volunteer Opportunity: Share your Love of Classical Music and Public Radio Broadcasting
Presenting top artists of classical, chamber, jazz, Broadway, country, blues, opera, bluegrass, and pop music in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona.
Arizona Opera | Bold. Brave. Brilliant.
We are a regional professional orchestra serving the Prescott community with locally-produced concerts. Arizona Philharmonic draws auditioned, professional musicians from Prescott, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and other areas within driving distance.
Chandler Symphony Orchestra
The Chandler Symphony Orchestra serves the greater Chandler community by providing a series of classical concerts, free of charge to the general public, performed by professionally trained musicians who volunteer their time and talents.
Civic Orchestra of Tucson
Founded in 1975, the Civic Orchestra of Tucson is a 75-piece community orchestra presenting free concerts to residents of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Our accessible concerts enrich the cultural life of the greater Tucson area. Soloists are well-known musicians from Tucson and across the country as well as winners of our Young Artists’ Competition.
El Paso Symphony Orchestra
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to assure that concert music is made available to entertain and educate the multicultural community of the greater El Paso region.
Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra
Mission: To enrich, engage, and inspire our community through the performance of orchestral music.
Vision: Orchestral music is essential to the cultural life of our community.
Gilbert Symphony Orchestra
KANW | New Mexico Public Radio
Public Radio from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Your source for news and music.
KBAQ 89.5 FM
KBACH 89.5 FM is a listener-supported public radio station broadcasting to the Phoenix metropolitan area. KBACH is the only radio station in Phoenix that plays classical music 24/7, reaching listeners around the world who stream KBACH online.
KENW | Public Radio and Television for Eastern New Mexico and West Texas, coming to you from Eastern New Mexico University.
Public Broadcasting for Eastern New Mexico and West Texas from Eastern New Mexico University.
KGLP 91.7 FM: Gallup Public Radio
KGLP, 91.7 FM, Gallup Public Radio, Broadcasts from Studios located at the University of New Mexico Gallup branch campus, with a variety of news, music & more!
KHFM 95.5 FM
KHFM is the only dedicated Classical music station broadcasting and streaming 24/7 in New Mexico and beyond. For many years, KHFM partnered with our symphonies, opera companies and other arts groups. Now, as a non-profit, we are proud to partner with our local arts organizations so that our arts community can flourish. Our rich arts scene is one of the reasons we love New Mexico so much!
KNAU Arizona Public Radio
Northern Arizona’s source for NPR news and talk, classical music and regional news.
KRWG | Public Media for Southwestern New Mexico And Far West Texas
PBS, NPR, and local news and music for Las Cruces, El Paso, Silver City, and all of southwestern New Mexico and far west Texas.
KSFR exemplifies diversity in the music we play. Nearly every musical genre is represented in the course of our broadcast week. We pay special attention to local New Mexico musicians whose talent often finds an appreciative audience among KSFR listeners.
KSJE 90.9 FM
The Information and Cultural Beacon of the Four Corners
KTEP’s mission is to inform, educate, and entertain the public and to increase knowledge of the world, appreciation of the arts, and understanding of the human condition.
Additionally it is our mission to train and educate students at the University of Texas at El Paso in the art of broadcasting.
KUAT: Classical 90.5 in Southern Arizona
Classical 90.5 is a 24-hour radio station in Southern Arizona that broadcasts classical music, opera productions, interviews with musicians and composers, and more. Listen live online.
National Public Radio affiliate. Alternative radio from the University of New Mexico campus.
Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra
To present and promote music of the highest artistic quality for the region’s enrichment and serve our community as a musical, cultural, and educational resource.
Marfa Public Radio
KRTS 93.5 FM, Marfa, TX
Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale
“Enriching Lives Through Music!”
MusicaNova enriches the Phoenix community by playing new, neglected, and familiar classical music.
New Mexico Philharmonic
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New Mexico State University: Music
If you are looking for a wonderful place to obtain your music education, this is the place to be. The NMSU Department of Music is among the finest in the southwest at preparing student musicians for a future in teaching, performing, or a wide variety of other musical careers.
North Valley Symphony Orchestra
This is the home of the North Valley Symphony Orchestra in Phoenix, Arizona.
Northern Arizona University: School of Music
The School of Music at NAU offers many undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as ensembles, led by a faculty of award-winning musicians. Learn more now!
Orchestra Northern Arizona
Home page for Orchestra Northern Arizona and Youth Orchestra Northern Arizona, Flagstaff’s community orchestras. Join the classical fun!
The Phoenix Symphony is Arizona’s largest performing arts organization. Founded in 1947 as a part-time orchestra in a city of fewer than 100,000 people, The Symphony has grown to become Arizona’s only full-time symphony orchestra.
ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra in North Phoenix & Anthem AZ
ProMusica Arizona’s choir and symphony orchestra perform affordable, family-friendly music concerts & events in North Phoenix & Anthem, AZ.
Roswell Symphony Orchestra
The mission of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra (RSO) is to provide the people of Roswell and Southeast New Mexico with the best of orchestral literature by providing an annual concert season and music education programs for children and young adults.
San Antonio Symphony
The mission of the San Antonio Symphony is to delight, inspire, and engage our entire community through excellent performance, education, and outreach.
San Juan College: Music
Set the course for a creative and vibrant future!
San Juan Symphony
The San Juan Symphony performs regularly at Henderson Fine Arts Center at San Juan College in Farmington, NM, at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, and has performed at the Bayfield Performing Arts Center in Bayfield, CO, the Michael D. Palm Theater in Telluride, CO, and Montezuma-Cortez High School in Cortez, CO.
Santa Fe Opera
The official website of the Santa Fe Opera. A varied repertoire of new, rarely performed, and standard works, inspiring performers and audiences alike.
The Santa Fe Symphony
The Symphony is a bold and successful collaboration between musicians and all who appreciate live performance. Our legacy of musical excellence goes hand-in-hand with our longstanding commitment to providing no-cost cultural outreach programs for the greater Santa Fe community.
The Scottsdale Philharmonic – Arizona’s Premiere Philharmonic
The mission of the Scottsdale Philharmonic is to provide the City of Scottsdale and surrounding communities with a professional symphony orchestra performing a series of traditional classical music concerts without charge to the public, making classical music available to audiences of all ages.
Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra
A community orchestra performing classical music in Tucson and surrounding communities.
Symphony of the Southwest
Symphony of the Southwest presents orchestra concerts to classical music fans of all ages in Mesa, Arizona.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
The TSO is the oldest continuing professional performing arts organization in the state of Arizona. We celebrate the excitement and joy of live classical music as part of everyday life.
University of Arizona: Fred Fox School of Music
Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty members are dedicated to the development of your talents. They are equally at home in the classroom, studio, or on the performance stage. Along with one-on-one teaching and mentoring, our performance faculty members regularly appear in solo recitals and/or as guest artists with major opera companies, symphony orchestras, chamber groups, and many other ensembles. In addition, our academic faculty members author books that are published by the finest scholarly publishing houses, write articles that appear in major music journals, and regularly present papers and other scholarly lectures at significant international conferences.
The University of New Mexico Department of Music – College of Fine Arts
The University of New Mexico Department of Music aims to provide the highest quality musical education, under the guidance of our dynamic artist faculty, and a well-balanced program among the disciplines of performance, music education, theory and composition, jazz studies, string pedagogy, conducti…
University of Texas at El Paso Department of Music
As you explore our website, you will find that the UTEP Department of Music has an outstanding faculty, an active student body and innovative programs designed to prepare students for careers in music in the 21st Century.
The department is particularly proud of our diverse ensemble offerings, our faculty’s high profile and eclectic creative activities, and the newly created Center for Arts Entrepreneurship, under the Artistic Direction of Grammy-winning artist, Zuill Bailey.
West Valley Symphony – Surprise AZ
The West Valley Symphony Association believes that everyone deserves to live in a culturally rich and diverse community with access to a great variety of arts.
Our mission is to provide opportunities for all residents to experience classical music.
Are any of you nearing retirement (as I am) or already retired who might be interested in moving to an astronomy-oriented retirement community? If you are, I encourage you to join the moderated Groups.io discussion group Dark-Sky Communities at
I am working to establish such a community and would value your input and assistance. That work involves extensive research, networking, writing articles in various publications to reach a wider audience, finding a suitable developer, and seeking benefactors.
Some characteristics of the community I envision include:
- Rural location with a dark night sky, but not too far from a city with decent medical facilities, preferably to the northeast or northwest;
- Location with an abundance of clear nights and mild winters, probably in Arizona, New Mexico, or West Texas;
- Lighting within the community that does not interfere with astronomical activities, strictly enforced;
- Community is owned and operated by a benefit corporation or cooperative that will rent a house or apartment to each resident;
- Observatories will be available for rental by interested residents who will equip them;
- Pro-am collaborative research opportunities will be developed and nurtured;
- A community observatory and a public observatory for astronomy outreach will be constructed and maintained;
- Lodging will be available for visitors and guests;
- There will be opportunities for on-site income operating and maintaining the community or, alternatively, a reduction in monthly rental fees.
Many of us have spent a significant amount of time and energy over the years trying to rein in light pollution in our respective communities and in the wider world, with varying degrees of success. Those efforts should continue, but the grim reality is that light pollution is continuing to get worse almost everywhere.
The opportunity to live in a community of varied interests but with a common appreciation for the night sky and a natural nighttime environment will appeal to many of us. Furthermore, a dark-sky community will afford us opportunities to show the world at large a better way to live.
Traditionally, in the United States at least, if one wants to live under a dark and starry night sky, your only options are to purchase land and build a house on it, or purchase an existing rural home. Not only is buying and maintaining rural real estate unaffordable or impractical for many, many would prefer to live in a rural community, provided that the night sky and nighttime environment are vigorously protected. Rental will also make it easier to move into and out of the community as circumstances change.