COLORADO SPRINGS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

aka Colorado Springs Philharmonic   |   COLORADO SPGS, CO   |  http://csphilharmonic.org/

Mission

To inspire and engage the people of our community and our region through exceptional orchestral performances honoring classical greatness, encouraging lifelong creative discovery, and celebrating the human spirit and experience.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic has experienced growth in our audience, supporters, and fans. We are reaching more and more people in the Pikes Peak region, southern Colorado, and beyond.

Ruling year info

2003

President and CEO

Mr. Nathan David Newbrough

Main address

PO Box 1266

COLORADO SPGS, CO 80901 USA

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Formerly known as

Colorado Springs Symphony

EIN

74-3091110

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Music (A68)

Performing Arts (A60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe in the power of excellent orchestral music to elevate the human spirit, to serve as a catalyst for cultural vitality and economic growth and to bring people of great diversity together, to enrich lives. This inspires our VISION to provide unsurpassed musical experiences for our region, state, and nation. Therefore… The Colorado Springs Philharmonic MISSION is to inspire and engage the people of our communities and our region through exceptional orchestral performances honoring classical greatness, encouraging lifelong creative discovery, and celebrating the human spirit and experience.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

El Pomar Foundation Masterworks

Our flagship series presents some of the most challenging, innovative, and celebrated music in Western culture. Masterworks concerts are broadcast live on Sunday afternoons to thousands of listeners on 88.7 FM KCME classical music radio. Each concert of this seven-concert series offers two performances, Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Free for Kids tickets are available for Sunday performances. Performances are at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts.

Population(s) Served

Philharmonic Pops presents a broader spectrum of music designed to appeal to a variety of listeners, including pieces from Broadway and Hollywood. Each concert of this six-concert series offers two performances, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. Free for Kids tickets are available for Friday performances. Performances are at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts.

Population(s) Served

Every “Signature” concert is an event, a departure from the everyday, a singular pageant dedicated to the individual creative genius. In each concert, a distinct artist will be featured: a musician, a composer, or a conductor. They’re given the spotlight–and the control. From the first note to the last, every aspect is in their hands. Each concert of this four-concert series offers two performances, Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Free for Kids tickets are available for Sunday performances. Performances are at the Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS.

Population(s) Served

The Philharmonic Kids program is a series of educational field trip concerts, integrative classroom curriculum, and yearlong instruction, which educates students K­-5 about classical music through playful themes and engaging collaborations.

The goals of Philharmonic Kids are to increase access to quality music education despite socioeconomic status and create an impact, beyond musical appreciation, that builds creative thinking skills through composition and performance.

The 2019-20 concerts are "How the Orchestra Grew" Oct. 30-31, 2019, and "Link Up: The Orchestra Sings" Feb. 12-13, 2020, at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts. Each field trip concert offers four performances.

Population(s) Served

Summer Symphony allows an estimated 90,000 residents and visitors to the Pikes Peak region a chance to celebrate America’s independence, while listening to a professional symphony orchestra perform Fourth of July popular and patriotic classics with fireworks and Fort Carson Howitzers booming in the background. This free to the public, yearly tradition is the largest single day city event of the year.

Population(s) Served

Presented by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Becoming Heroes will explore the definition and journey of heroes and celebrate how they enrich our society and humanity. This eight-week festival will be presented in collaboration twenty other arts and non-profit organizations across the Pikes Peak Region. The Festival will engage an estimated 60,000 individuals through more than 120 individual community events and broadcasts, including five Philharmonic concert weekends. These concerts will bridge the broad definition of “hero” and present works such as Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem,” Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad,” and tributes to Joan of Arc and Aretha Franklin.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Philharmonic Kids

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to inclement weather 2 performances were canceled leading to lower numbers. Had performances taken place as scheduled this would have been the highest participation for Philharmonic Kids.

Average dollar price for performance tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A full spectrum of symphonic entertainment is presented to audience members ranging in age from preschoolers to retirees with ticket prices kept as affordable as possible to maximize accessibility.

Total number of paid seats filled for performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes all tickets sold for Masterworks, Philharmonic Pops, Vanguard, Philharmonic Kids, holiday and special concerts.

Total number of free seats filled for performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes complimentary tickets from Phil Cares, Philharmonic Kids, and Free for Kids. Not included is Summer Symphony, a free annual 4th of July concert averaging 85,000 attendees.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

To date, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused cancellation of seven concert weekends (14 performances in all) between March and June.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Under the direction of the 2018 Strategic Plan, the Philharmonic will pursue four main goals:
(1) enhance musical excellence through greater musician engagement and participation, as well as meaningful artistic collaborations;
(2) engage strategic growth by identifying opportunities to attract new audiences, utilize venues, and increased development efforts;
(3) expand outreach activities; and
(4) ensure long term organizational integrity.

These goals layout long-term strategies that direct Philharmonic production, outreach, advancement, and development with expectations of significant organizational growth and expansion over the next five years.

Musical Excellence
An exciting development in musical excellence is the expansion and transition of the Al and Leigh Buettner Signature Series. The series, performed in the new Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS, promises a new and unique experience as a guest artist reveals the distinguishing aspect of their work through a concert crafted by them alone. The new location and format have allowed the Philharmonic to reach a new varied audience. This new format has kept pace with prior success but has potential to outperform previous years.

Strategic Growth
To engage strategic growth, the Philharmonic has established a new Philharmonic Foundation and is developing a robust plan to emphasize endowment growth and increase sponsorship. Additionally, in the creation of the new Ventures Fund, the Philharmonic envisions a future built on significant service to the community through long-term planning of major artistic projects. By securing sustaining partners, the Fund ensures the next series of impactful cultural community projects, planning 2019-2023 and beyond. The Fund allows the Philharmonic to prepare projects that build significant engagement and partnership while expanding the public’s perception of an American symphony orchestra.

Expand Outreach
By developing a five-year plan of festivals and events surrounding the Philharmonic seasons, the organization will expand outreach activities by partnering with dozens of arts and community organizations. The next festival, Becoming Heroes, will be held March 28-May 17, 2020, and include more than 20 community partners.

Organizational Integrity
The current progress toward long-term organizational integrity is the construction of a custom database. This crucial infrastructure surmounts the problem of stunted organizational knowledge about patrons by joining disparate donor and box office data. Creating this platform has taken patience and time, but the Philharmonic is on the verge of seeing full benefits. Overall desired outcomes include: optimization of data to assist strategic decision-making, administrative staff efficiency, full picture of patron behavior, and increased patron experience through focus on customer lifetime values.

Our greatest strengths are ...
Our musicians, and our music.
Our leadership.
Our sustainability and fiscal management.
Our patrons and our programs.
Our places.

We have made great strides to maximize orchestra excellence through solidifying contracts for our musical leadership and musician labor contracts, recruiting better talent, program expansion in two concert series, expanding the reach of the orchestra through live broadcasts on 88.7 FM KCME, and implementing a challenging repertoire. Also, building the youngest audience through programs that include Free for Kids and Philharmonic Kids. In the 2017-18 season alone, more than 4,810 children witnessed a live orchestral performance for free.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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COLORADO SPRINGS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Board of directors
as of 5/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Herman Tiemens

Wells Fargo Private Bank

Term: 2018 - 2021

John Street

Pax8, Inc.

Marty Kelley

(Ret) Registered Nurse & Community Volunteer

Nathan Newbrough

Colorado Springs Philharmonic

Josep Caballé-Domenech

Colorado Springs Philharmonic

Robert Lally

Colorado Technical University

Lance Miller

Spotlight Technology

Jim Montgomery

(Ret) U.S. Navy & Community Volunteer

Charlie Ortega

Colorado Springs Philharmonic

Fran Pilch

US Air Force Academy

Cathy Robbins

El Pomar Foundation

Cheryl Schwartz

Community Volunteer

Herman Tiemens

Wells Fargo Private Bank

Sergei Vassiliev

Colorado Springs Philharmonic

Bill Cosper

(Ret) Senior Counsel, General Dynamics Corp.

Martha Barton

Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care

Sheila Bee

Touchstone Internal Medicine

Al Buettner

Community Volunteer

Vicki Dimond

Colorado Springs Style

David Dull

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services

Mike Edmonds

Colorado College

Fred Veitch

Nor'wood Development Group

Mitch White

(Ret) U.S. Air Force & Community Volunteer

Joel Yuhas

UCHealth - Memorial Health System

Bob Street

Cheyenne Propagation Company

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes