It is with much excitement, combined with a healthy dose of melancholy, that I write this letter announcing my upcoming retirement from the Colorado Children’s Chorale at the end of the 2019-20 season. I have spent over half of my life with this organization. My love for everything it embodies, the many amazing colleagues I have worked with over the years and, most importantly, the scores of children and families who have touched my life, is boundless.
It is now time for the next chapter in my life. My husband and I have recently downsized and moved to a new community here in the metropolitan area. (A 55+ community…eeeek!) We are looking forward to time with our children and their families, cooking dinner, reading, getting involved in our new community, exploring the US in our camper, exciting travel adventures with friends, and time on our patio just enjoying one another’s company.
I am grateful for so many things. The opportunity to create beautiful, engaging, uplifting and fun musical experiences with the most talented children in the world, and then SEE the world through the eyes of these amazing young humans; the pride felt every time I watch these young performers shine on the stages of partner arts organizations throughout the region; thousands of parents and grandparents who have made the CCC experience possible for their young children; the excitement of watching our alums conquer the world; professional, dedicated and caring colleagues who make it a joy to walk into the office every day; the opportunity to work with, and learn from, the most dedicated and talented music educators and conductors imaginable; the unwavering support, in every way, from hundreds of Trustees over the years; and the honor of watching this community support the Children’s Chorale mission so generously over and over again.
Most importantly, I am grateful for Duain Wolfe and the gift of this extraordinary Colorado Children’s Chorale, along with his unwavering belief in me, his mentorship, and his friendship for these past 35 years. I have grown up in this organization along with generations of performers, including my two children. I now look forward to watching the next generations, including my grandchildren!
I am also extremely excited and proud to announce my successor. Emily Crile will be stepping into the position of Artistic Director on May 1, 2020. Emily has been my right hand for the past 19 years. She knows and loves the Colorado Children’s Chorale. She is ready for this next step and I look forward to watching her fly…right next to our new little lark! In addition to her exceptional work on our staff, she is very involved in our local arts and educational communities, as well as the local and national choral community. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, along with a young energy and forward-thinking attitude that, combined with her love and respect for our past, makes her the perfect choice. I could not be more pleased with this decision by our Board of Trustees, made after the appropriate interview and vetting process.
Obviously I am not saying good-bye as, first of all, you will be seeing me for the next six months! I look forward to my final Christmas with the Children’s Chorale on December 7, where I am hoping the audience will be full of alums for what is possibly my favorite moment of every season, Duain Wolfe’s arrangement of “Silent Night.” Spring with the Children’s Chorale on April 18 will be my final concert. I will then go on tour to Wyoming with National Tour Choir the following week. The 2020-21 season will find me in the audience, bursting with pride, leading the standing ovation, and perhaps throwing a little wave to my grandsons. Discreetly, of course!
With much love to all,