Serving the community has been at the heart of the Boulder Phil’s mission for 60 years – now more than ever before. The Boulder Phil is a recognized leader in community engagement, helping to write the next chapter in the story of the American orchestra by touching lives and creating opportunity through our growing education and outreach programs.

Thank you to our community partners!

Kids at the Dairy/Dairy Arts Center

The Boulder Phil presents an interactive program at the Dairy Arts Center for preschool classes, featuring our brass quintet and string quartet. The Dairy Arts Center hosts an instrument petting zoo at the same time as our “Kids at the Dairy” concerts.

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Boulder Valley School District

Boulder Valley School District is our partner for our Discovery Series program. You can find more info about Discovery here: https://boulderphil.org/education-overview. Five music teachers from BVSD  serve on the Boulder Phil’s Education Committee, helping with planning and giving feedback.

The Boulder Philharmonic’s Discovery Series takes students in grades 3-6 on a journey to explore orchestral music in a fun, interactive format featuring nationally-acclaimed Music Director Michael Butterman. Students attend a 50-minute performance during the school day designed to support and coordinate with their core curriculum.

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Early Explorers Program: In partnership with Integral Steps and Boulder County Head Start

The Boulder Philharmonic, in partnership with Integral Steps (early education and Dalcroze Eurhythmics specialists) and Boulder County Head Start (preschool program for low-income families), has created an interactive introduction into the world of orchestral music. The goal of this classroom programming is to introduce our youngest audience members to important musical elements and to inspire creative expression and self-confidence at the earliest part of educational development. Music, movement, and active listening are all part of what the students learn in this 8-week curriculum that this year centered around Stravinsky’s “Firebird.” The program culminates in a classroom visit by a Boulder Phil percussionist to introduce preschoolers to percussion instruments and explore rhythm and music together.

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Emerging Composers 

Joined by CU Boulder’s Composition Department head Carter Pann and his graduate students, this program brings the world of music composition to high school students, resulting in original works by the high schoolers and performed by Boulder Phil musicians!

City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP)

The Boulder Phil and the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) have created an ongoing collaboration to connect community members with the natural world through music. This partnership includes guided musical hikes designed to complement specific works to be performed by the Boulder Phil. The hikes are free and open to the public.

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Butterfly Pavilion: Nature + Music

A musical experience in Butterfly Pavilion’s tropical conservatory brought to you by the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, featuring the recorded sounds of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. Through these unique hikes through Wings of the Tropics, Butterfly Pavilion & Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks seeks to bridge music and nature exploration, helping to evoke a feeling of wonder and awe of nature’s beauty and fragility. We hope you can join us on these hikes and spark your creative spirit! Intended for adults, but families and children are all welcome.

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Boulder Public Library

Boulder Public Library serves as a venue for a number of our free community chamber programs, often with artistic collaborators outside of music. Past concerts featured sensory-friendly programming and our #nophilter string ensemble presenting rock, pop & metal.

For more information, contact Sara Parkinson, Interim Executive Director, 303-443-9203 or sara@boulderphil.org.