About Us

The Alpine Orchestra began as an idea of allowing local musicians to play together. The group was born May 14, 1991 when some interested people met and made a plan for the acquisition of music, rehearsal space and set a time for rehearsing. Fifteen people attended the first rehearsal in June of 1991; they were in donated space with borrowed music and equipment, but the orchestra was launched. The Alpine Orchestra's first concerts followed that August and the group has been preparing and performing 2 series of 3 performances each year since. The Alpine Orchestra incorporated as a non-profit organization in December, 1991.

From those first humble beginnings, the Orchestra has grown into a family of 40+ members, residents of Lake, Summit, Park, Freemont and Chaffee Counties, and ranging in age from 14 to 85. Our members include people from a variety of professions, with all levels of education and musical experience. The orchestra has been led by six different conductors, acquiring valuable knowledge, skills and experience from each of them. Through generous donations from ever-growing audiences and from members themselves, the group now has several pieces of equipment, and is building a moderate library of musical compositions.

As it begins its third decade, the Alpine Orchestra continues to strive for excellence in fulfilling its purpose of sharing the enjoyment of music with the community, and expanding opportunities for talented young musicians.
We have a great time at rehearsals and concerts, and take our music and practicing seriously, so come and have some fun!

The Maestro

Pausing his career as a high school band director in Georgia, Mark Jeffery traveled to Summit County to pursue his love of skiing for "only one season!"

The lure of the mountain lifestyle was inescapable, as was the fact that there was only one high school band director position county wide. So, in 1995, as a means to support his music habit, Mark combined his expertise from degrees in music and physics to incorporate as Custom Audio Design and Electronics in Silverthorne.

You may have seen him performing with with Lake Dillon Theater Company, Those Austrian Guys, Soul Biscuits, Len Rhodes Trio, and others. Mark founded, and acted as band leader, of Summit Jazz Consort for 12 years.

Mark is past conductor of both Summit Community Band and Summit Community Orchestra.

Mark currently enjoys performing as trombonist for Rocky Mountain Brass and looks forward to taking the podium with Alpine Orchestra. 

Mark Jeffery