2014 Annual Fund

Michael Butterman

March 2014

A Note from Michael –

These are exciting days at the Phil – a new concertmaster to welcome, a great new season to announce in short order, the brilliant Simone Dinnerstein joining us this week. This all comes in the midst of a season that has seen multiple highlights already and whose programming and collaborations have affirmed our commitment to artistic quality and to reflecting the uniqueness of our community. In fact, Symphony Magazine has highlighted our season as a model of community engagement in its current issue. And, as you probably know, we are seeing a steadily growing subscriber base and increased ticket sales overall.

Yet despite this enviable growth, our contributed income – and our annual fund in particular – has plateaued. The financial hurdles we face as a result are causing us to consider choices that could potentially derail our progress.

Yet with your help, we can retain our momentum and remain on course. I would ask that you take a moment to read Kevin's message below and consider going the extra mile to help the Phil finish strong this season and position itself for a bright future.

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Michael Butterman, Music Director


Dear Boulder Phil Supporters and Fellow Music Lovers:

I wanted to share with you an opportunity and a challenge at the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. On the one hand, the Boulder Phil is experiencing tremendous momentum and is poised to truly make a mark in our community and beyond. But on the other hand, growth in contributions to our all-important Annual Fund has lagged, meaning all this promise and possibility may go unrealized. As a much appreciated supporter of the Boulder Phil, can you help?

All the ingredients are in place for a breakthrough in the Boulder Phil becoming a true centerpiece within our region’s vibrant cultural fabric. In fact, our goal is to be at the forefront of orchestras nationwide forging a new model of community engagement and relevance. The Boulder Phil fully embraces our mission “to reflect and foster the qualities of our unique community.” This commitment has resulted in collaborations with an astounding 45 local organizations and 25 schools, with far-reaching impacts both on stage and out in our community.

Our community is responding, with a growing subscriber base, increasing numbers of sold-out events, and enthusiastic audience feedback. We are gaining increased notice as “the newly resurgent Boulder Phil” (Daily Camera) and as “Boulder’s premier orchestra” (Boulder Weekly).

Our musicians are of course an essential ingredient underpinning this success, and subscribers always remark with amazement how the quality of our orchestra has increased. With every concert, this evolution continues as new musicians join our roster – such as with this week’s announcement of Charles (Chas) Wetherbee as concertmaster, a real coup for the Boulder Phil! And of course, we couldn’t be luckier to have Michael Butterman, our gifted and passionate music director, who is ideally suited to bring a new vision of what an orchestra can be to our community.

Yes, all of the ingredients are indeed in place – except one. The Annual Fund is our most critical source of ongoing support each year. However, annual giving to the Boulder Phil is still well below 2008 levels! In the meantime, everything from rising rent to cost-of-living increases for our musicians squeeze our budget tighter each year. Increased ticket sales provide some relief, however even if we could sell every ticket, every time, we wouldn’t come close to covering the costs of our artistic and education programs. As it is, we have had to resort to cutting the occasional rehearsal to make ends meet – so know that your generosity will make an immediate impact!

Therefore, I am asking you to consider becoming a donor to the Boulder Phil's Annual Fund. As someone who values classical music in the lives of both youth and adults in our community and beyond, I invite you to join with us today in helping Michael Butterman and the Boulder Phil realize all the exciting possibilities before us.

We thank you!

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Kevin Shuck, Executive Director

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