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
Adults
Children and youth

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
Adults
Children and youth

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
Adults
Children and youth

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
Children and youth
Students

A new spin on the 50 year traditional Summer Symphony. This event includes 10 individual firework displays and simultaneously broadcast pre-recorded music produced by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic on local radio stations. This event was a huge success in 2020 and 2021 and reached an estimated 552,000 residents, more than ever before.

In addition, because of the incredible importance of live music, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will perform an indoor concert at the Pikes Peak Center on Saturday, July 2nd. This concert will be free to attend and will provide the opportunity to record for a televised version. Considering the ever-present COVID pandemic, the Philharmonic is excited to create an experience for the Colorado Springs community with many options to enjoy live classical music based on personal comfort levels.

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is proud to have been an integral part of city-wide Fourth of July celebrations since 1973 and is thankful for the opportunity t

Population(s) Served
Families
Military personnel

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Alliance for Audition Support 2021

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
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Philharmonic Kids

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID-19 closures have temporarily paused this program.

Average dollar price for performance tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

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
Population(s) Served

Adults

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
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Caregivers, Economically disadvantaged people

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
Population(s) Served

Adults

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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The demographics of directly engaged audiences include families, school age children, college students, senior citizens, and military members. The population of Colorado Springs is diverse, according to US Census data, 33% of the residents are under age 25, while 17.5% are 60 years or older in Colorado Springs. Over 10% of the community is military, with four military installations within El Paso County. Racial heritage breakdown is 64% White, 16% Hispanic, 6% Black, 3% Asian, and 10% mixed or other. Gender representation is 50% Females, 50% Males.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

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 05/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Pamela Shockley-Zalabak

CommuniCon Inc.; UCCS

Term: 2022 - 2024

Nathan Newbrough

Colorado Springs Philharmonic - ExOfficio

Josep Caballé-Domenech

Colorado Springs Philharmonic - ExOfficio

Michael Hanson

Colorado Springs Philharmonic - ExOfficio Concertmaster Violin

Paul Rule

Colorado Springs Philharmonic - ExOfficio Cello

Ken Montera

Vice Chair, PepsiCo., The Limited Brands

Martha Barton

Secretary, Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care

Ron Brasch

Treasurer, First Business Brokers

Bill Cosper

General Dynamics Corp.

David Siegel

Bee Vradenburg Foundation

Al Buettner

Investor, Community Volunteer

Mike Edmonds

Colorado College

Brian Erling

Penrose-St.Francis Health Services

Cathy Holaday

The Dakota Foundation

David Kunstle

Sparks Willson

Deb Mahan

Gazette Charities

Robin Roberts

Pikes Peak National Bank

Margaret Sabin

Dochas Consulting

Sally Sharpe

Community Volunteer

John Street

Pax8, Inc.

Herman Tiemens

Wells Fargo Private Bank

Fred Veitch

Nor’wood Development Group

Joel Yuhas

UCHealth Memorial Health System

Chris Jenkins

Nor’wood Development Group

Lance Miller

Spotlight Technology

Anthony Carlson

6035 Strategies

Dolly Wong

CPA

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/9/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/09/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.