It is the mission of the BPO to enhance the Boulder region’s artistic and educational cultures through orchestral excellence, embracing diversity, and connecting people to music, music to ideas, and people to people.

Vision Statement

The path to justice begins with empathy, with our ability, however imperfect, to imagine ourselves in the places of others, to fundamentally recognize our common humanity. Music is empathy in sound. To put our lives into musical tones and share them with others is a profound way to know and be known. Music seeks a shared vision to be better.

Founded in 1958, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is creating a new model for American orchestras through dynamic performances that reflect our community’s own values, creativity, and sense of place. Voted “Best of Boulder” for the past eight years in a row, today’s Boulder Phil is bucking national trends with growing, enthusiastic audiences, and an imaginative vision for new forms of engagement. Today the Boulder Phil reaches audiences of more than 30,000 through concerts, the Discovery Education Program, and community engagement experiences in Boulder and across Colorado’s Front Range, under the vision and leadership of Music Director Michael Butterman.

The Boulder Phil’s main concert series is presented at Macky Auditorium, a grand historic hall on the University of Colorado campus. From multi-genre productions featuring dance, choral and visual elements to concerts with a unique hometown flavor, the Phil’s imaginative programming has resulted in increasing numbers of sold-out concerts, nationwide notice at the inaugural SHIFT Festival at the Kennedy Center, and this year a Futures Fund grant from the League of American Orchestras and the National Endowment for the Arts for groundbreaking engagement.

Recognized as “Boulder’s premier orchestra” (Boulder Weekly) and “Boulder’s superb local professional orchestra” (Daily Camera), the Boulder Phil is comprised of the top freelance musicians from Colorado’s Front Range and beyond. The orchestra has been heard nationwide on American Public Media’s Performance Today, America’s most popular classical music radio program. The Boulder Phil’s history was shaped by notable music directors Oswald (Ozzi) Lehnert (1972-1996) and Theodore Kuchar (1996-2006), under whose leadership the Boulder Phil became a fully professional ensemble.

The Boulder Phil strives to inspire the next generation of music-lovers through Discovery Concerts that have reached thousands of students in 28 schools across three counties. For decades the Phil has also fostered new talent with the annual Young Artist Concerto Competition, and Boulder Phil musicians provide mentorship through side-by-side concerts with the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras and Front Range Youth Orchestras. In all these ways, the Boulder Phil strives to be at the center of our community’s cultural fabric.

For more information about the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, please contact us at 303-449-1343,  info@boulderphil.org.

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.