The Guild's Derby Party was a HIT!! May's program will include the Guild's annual member meeting
Dear Guild members and friends:
The Kentucky Derby Watch Party and Fundraiser was so much fun!! The weather was perfect. The guest were decked out and everyone had a great time. To see a few of the photos, click here. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet. The outdoor space provided by Gold Hill Mesa was perfect.
Our April member program, featuring Mood Swing, a gypsy jazz ensemble delighted our members and friends who attended the program at Patty Jewett's golf club. What a fabulous evening we enjoyed!
The Guild's May Member Program will incorporate the fun and festive nature of our normal monthly programs: live music featuring Edith Makes a Paperchain (showcasing our own Philharmonic bass trombone player Jeremy Van Hoy), appetizers and cocktails. We will also incorporate our annual membership meeting and the voting on of our new slate of board members for next season. The slate of nominees is listed to the right, and the entire slate, including board members finishing out terms is here.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me here. If you would like to RSVP for the May program, please fill out the form here.
Maestro Thomas Wilson led us through our first Listening Club last month. If you did sign up, you do not need to sign up again. You will automatically be notified about May's program (scheduled for Tuesday, May 18), and will have access to each month's PDF, as well as recorded excerpts from Maestro Wilson's discussion. If you are seeking previous PDFs or discussions, go to the Listening Club page here.
It has been a strange, yet wonderful year. We had numerous challenges and much uncertainty. But, the Guild has continued to move forward-first online, and then cautiously into in-person meetings. I am proud of the board and their dedication to bringing you music--in many different ways this year. We did not throw in the towel, but approached the problems creatively and safely. Today, we find ourselves in a good position, with a strong list of nominations for the coming year.
Thank you for your membership. Thank you for your support of the Guild, and of the Philharmonic, and let's remember: it's all about the music.
Welcome New and Renewing Members
Denny and Kelli Nicholas
The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Guild slate of nominees for the 2021/22 season.
The Nominating Committee spent a great deal of time talking to Guild members and friends. We posted two "ads" in previous newsletters to get nominations from the membership. We have had a great response and feel proud, and very comfortable in introducing our slate for next season:
Ms. Stephanie Edwards, Executive Vice President, Gold Hill Mesa, will accept the position of Vice President. Ms. Rose Lyda, rotating off, as president, of the board of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, will move onto the Guild board as a member-at-large. Trudi Pruett, owner with her husband Nicolas, of Broadmoor Dental, is taking on the important role of the Nutcracker Boutique, one of the Guild's largest annual fundraisers. Brian Gowdy, Owner / Publisher at Colorado Springs Real Producers — Real Producers Magazine, comes to the Guild board with a heavy marketing and communications background. Jessica Kyle, a local attorney who has served on several boards, will join the Guild board as a member-at-large. And finally, Jenifer Furda, Director of Partnerships & Governmental Affairs & Military Liaison at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, comes to the Guild board with a ton of experience and knowledge of the Colorado Springs community.
For more in depth bios on each of our nominees, and to see the entire slate, please go here.
Be ready to vote on this very qualified slate at the upcoming May Membership Meeting next Wednesday, May 19, 5 to 7 pm at the Warehouse Restaurant.
Youth and music partnerships for Guild
It is a privilege to usher children into the world of music. We can do it at home with our own children and grandchildren. Of course, this assumes that we know, understand and play music. For those of us who did not learn an instrument, but yet, did develop a love and appreciation for music -- public, private and charter schools can help bridge that gap. We are working on a few partnerships including a potential working relationship with a violin program at Bristol Elementary School, as well as an additional partnership with an already awesome partner -- the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, as they head into summer and the opportunity to work with the Youth Symphony on a summer camp series. Stay tuned for details as we work through the process.
A reminder of the Guild's sheet music library
In 2003, The Colorado Springs Symphony Guild (as it was called then), desiring to further promote the musical arts in Colorado Springs and the liberal arts mission of Colorado College, made a gift of the Symphony Library to the College. Currently housed in Packard Hall on the Colorado College campus, this vast collection of over 800 orchestral scores and parts is available for use by orchestral groups residing in El Paso County. The following guidelines pertain to its use:
• The College has the primary right to use the Symphony Library for its educational purposes. However, whenever reasonably
practicable, the College shall make the Symphony Library available upon request to other established symphonic organizations
of all levels, based in El Paso County.
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