Boulder Chorale

Join us as we bring harmony to our community, one voice at a time. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to sing. Our participants range from kindergarten to 85 years old. We also offer financial assistance so that all can participate. Boulder Chorale - Lifting every voice in harmony.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
9
Full Time Staff:
0
Contract Staff:
5
Volunteers Annually:
204
Retention Rate:
100%

Kathy Robinson, Bookkeeper
Start Date: 2017

Kathy Robinson is our bookkeeper. She is very experienced in nonprofit accounting practices and her grandmother was a founder of the Chorale.

Nathan Wubbena, Boulder Children's Chorale Volante Choir Director
Start Date: 2017

Nathan Wubbena teaches middle school choral music and musical theater in Longmont, Colorado. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2011, and is currently completing his Master of Music in Music Education with a Conducting Specialization at Colorado State University, with an expected graduation in 2018. Nathan has taught students from elementary to high school, on both the Front Range and Western Slope, in curricular and private settings. He has had extensive experience teaching choral, musical theater, and contemporary a cappella genres, and is an accomplished performer in each.

In 2015, he received the Outstanding Young Music Educator Award from the Colorado Music Educator's Association, which honors outstanding achievement in an educator with up to 5 years of experience. He is a Co-Chair of the Colorado Middle All State Choir board, of which he was a founding board member. Additionally, he runs the St Vrain A Cappella Camp, which he founded in collaboration with local a cappella experts. He resides in Longmont with his wife, Anna, and soon-to-be-born child, and enjoys rooting for the Broncos and spending time outdoors with his family and two dogs.

Julie Hale, Boulder Children's Chorale Administrator
Start Date: 2013

Julie is a graphic designer with her own company, Dragonfly Z Design. She is an adult singer in the Boulder Chorale and loves her work with the children's choirs.

Megan Lawless, Boulder Children's Chorale Bel Canto Choir Director
Start Date: 2015

Megan Lawless teaches middle school choral music and dramatic arts in Mead, Colorado and specializes in pre-adolescent and adolescent vocal technique and choral singing. She completed her Masters of Music in Music Education at University of Colorado-Boulder in 2014 and received her undergraduate degree in music education from Butler University in 2005. Ms. Lawless began her career as Director of Choral Activities at Hong Kong International School in Hong Kong, China. She has also taught middle and high school choral music and drama in Indiana and Illinois public schools.

From 2012-2014, Ms. Lawless served as director of Bel Canto, a division of the Centennial Children's Chorus. She has been a guest clinician for the Colorado American Choral Director's Association, and worked in conjunction with the choral music staff of University of Colorado to develop the CU-Boulder Middle School Choral Festival. She resides in Lafayette with her husband, Ryan, and her son, Liam, and enjoys hiking, yoga, and soaking in the Colorado sunshine.

Ethan Hecht, Executive Director
Start Date: 2015

Ethan Hecht brings 15 years of nonprofit expertise to his first Executive Director position. He has spent most of his career splitting time as a performer and arts administrator. He has played viola in nearly every orchestra on the Front Range and is currently the principal violist in the Fort Collins Symphony.

Mr. Hecht spent 14 years working with the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts where he filled various roles including Orchestra Personnel Manager and Chamber Music Director. He finished his tenure with that organization as the Center Director, running the Center for Musical Arts, a community music school in Lafayette.

Mr. Hecht has also worked for Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra and the Colorado Mahlerfest. He recently completed two terms as board chair for the Lafayette Public Library. He lives in Lafayette with his wife, 11 year-old daughter, two cats, and Rosie the dog.

Vicki Burrichter, Artistic Director
Start Date: 2015

Dr. Vicki Burrichter's passion is choirs and choral singers. She brings to all of her choirs an expectation of excellence, a sense of humor, an understanding of diverse genres and cultures, and a theatrical sensibility that makes her choirs exciting and moving to experience.

Highlights of her work include directing Voices of Light, an oratorio set to the 1927 Carl Dryer film, The Passion of Joan of Arc; a tour with students to Cuba to perform with the National Choir of Cuba; conducting the Colorado Symphony and 200 singers in the secular oratorio Sing for the Cure; twice collaborating with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble to perform jazz legend Mary Lou Williams' Mary Lou's Mass at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; founding the SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir, which mentors foster/adopted children in choral music and life skills; winning a Gold Medal at the New York Choral Festival with her chamber choir of ten years, Canto Spiritus; and recording with that ensemble the CD Brazil! The Choral Music of Marcos Leite. She teaches voice and performance privately, and was described by teacher and author David Craig (On Performing; On Singing Onstage) as: "One of the most brilliant performers I have ever taught."

Dr. Burrichter is a lifelong educator, and has taught all levels from elementary school through college. She holds a Doctorate in Choral Literature and Conducting, a Masters in Music, a Bachelors in Theater, and did post-undergraduate studies in jazz, African music, and twentieth-century music. Her doctoral dissertation was on the choral music of Dr. Gwyneth Walker. Her mentors and teachers include conductors Marin Alsop, Vance George, Pierre Boulez, and Robert Shaw. www.drvickiburrichter.com.

Kate Klotz, Boulder Children's Chorale Artistic Director
Start Date: 2014

Kate Klotz teaches elementary music in Boulder, Colorado and specializes in teaching beginning vocal technique and music literacy. She completed her Master's of Music in Music Education at Colorado State University in 2013 and received her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2008. Kate holds all three levels of Kodaly certification and has also completed one level of Orff Schulwerk training. She has instructed students in private piano and voice, as well as teaching elementary general music and middle school choir in Colorado and Washington state public schools.

From 2011-2013, Ms. Klotz served on the artistic staff of the Spokane Area Youth Choirs in Spokane, Washington, where she directed elementary and middle level choirs. She has been a guest clinician and choral adjudicator for the St. Vrain Valley and Omak School Districts, and has sung with the Colorado Conductor's Chorale and the Spokane Symphony Chorale. She resides in Berthoud with her husband, Nathan, and enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.

Leslie Woollenweber, Administrator
Start Date: 2018

Leslie Woollenweber began her career working in Life Sciences. She held positions of increasing responsibility in biotechnology and life sciences industry in San Diego, California, from laboratory science and technical service to product management, marketing/communications, public relations and business development.

In 2006, Ms. Woollenweber shifted her focus and began working in nonprofits. While still in California she was the Director of Conservation Programs for the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. In 2012 she moved to Colorado where she has held several development and communication positions for various nonprofit agencies.

Currently, in addition to working with the Boulder Chorale, Ms. Woollenweber is the Data and Direct Mail Manager for the Colorado Open Lands.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
11
Term Length:
3
Term Limit:
Total # of Board Members:
13
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
10
Male:
3
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
1
White:
12
Hispanic or Latino:
0
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

3

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

81%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

46%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

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Finance
Fundraising
Grievance Committee
Human Resources / Personnel & Finance & Marketing & Nominating & By-laws
Information Technology
Membership
Outreach
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

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