Our mission is to inspire and connect community members of all ages by providing access to the best of the world’s music through education and performance.
About Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts.
The Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts was founded in 1995 by Kathy Kucsan and Peggy Bruns. The Colorado Music Festival completed its 37th summer in 2013. The two merged in 2009 and in 2013 the new name, Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts (CMF & CMA), was chosen.
CMF & CMA is a one-of-a-kind organization that provides a broad spectrum of music education opportunities and world-class performances to citizens throughout Boulder County and beyond. The Center provides quality, creative music-making opportunities to over 550 students each week. Another 7,000 people visit the school each year to attend concerts and events of all types.
The CMA is a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and has, at its core, a belief in “Music For All… For Life!” This translates into providing access to excellent music education to our entire community. We achieve this, in part, through our Heartstrings Program, which consists of an Instrument Bank to provide low-cost instrument rentals and Tuition Assistance so that everyone can afford to participate.
See Heartstrings for more information.
The CMA is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette and features thirteen teaching studios and two performance spaces – Founders Hall and Grimes Recital Hall.
CMF presents a six-week summer concert season at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder showcasing Maestro Michael Christie and the CMF Orchestra. Inspired programming performed by exceptional national and international musicians has earned CMF recognition from the League of American Orchestras and the National Endowment for the Arts. After fourteen seasons, Michael Christie has announced he will step down as Music Director after the 2014 season.
Visiting the CMA
We are located at 200 E. Baseline Rd. in Lafayette, on the southeast corner of Harrison Ave. and Baseline Rd., one block east of Public Rd. The main entrance is on Harrison and the Student Services Office is located just inside the front door. Building hours vary according to usage. The office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and until 8:00pm on Wednesdays.
Parking is available on Harrison Ave. and on neighboring streets but not on Baseline Rd. We encourage alternative methods of transportation. There is a bike rack near the front door and an RTD bus stop one block away on Public Rd.
We are a proud member of the following organizations:
National Guild for Community Arts Education, Broomfield Council on the Arts & Humanities, Colorado Nonprofit Association, Lafayette Old Town Association, and the Chambers of Boulder, Erie, Lafayette, Louisville, and Superior.