Meet the Maestro

Through his classroom visits, Maestro Butterman becomes a resource for area music educators, visiting their classrooms and rehearsals while offering an enriching experience from the perspective of a local professional musician. With elementary schools, he often presents a session about conducting that explores the relationship between teamwork and leadership. These visits culminate in students leading their classmates in conducting simple musical passages. With middle schools and high schools, he leads rehearsals of the school bands, orchestras and choirs in repertoire they are preparing, reinforcing the work of their directors while offering his own interpretive insights. For more information or to schedule a school visit, please contact

Read Michael Butterman’s guest opinion about music in the Boulder Valley School District, published in the Daily Camera in 2010: Music is instrumental to the BVSD

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.


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!

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