We’re Celebrating 25 years!

The Center for Musical Arts — formerly the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts — was established in 1995 and opened in 1996, making 2021 the 25th anniversary of this school dedicated to access, equity, community, and the incredible power of music. 

Celebrate With Us: Upcoming Events

Past and Present: Stories From the Center

City of Lafayette Declares Center for Musical Arts Day

City of Lafayette Declares Center for Musical Arts Day

We're excited to share some big news with you: the City of Lafayette has declared September 19, 2021 as Center for Musical Arts Day in honor of our 25th anniversary! You can read the City's formal proclamation below.                  ...

Student Spotlight: Stephen Spink

Student Spotlight: Stephen Spink

(photo: the USAF Heartland of America Band with trumpet player Stephen Spink at center) Practically from the beginning, the Spink family has been a part of the Center for Musical Arts. James and Leslie Spink have been enthusiastic donors...

Center for Musical Arts Announces 25th Anniversary Campaign

Center for Musical Arts Announces 25th Anniversary Campaign

[image: Peggy Bruns and Kathy Kucsan, Center for Musical Arts co-founders] Today the Center for Musical Arts co-founders and honorary co-chairs Kathy Kucsan and Peggy Bruns announce the launch of a $250,000 campaign to celebrate the...

Student Spotlight: Daniel Spink

Student Spotlight: Daniel Spink

(photo: Kodak Quartet, with violist Daniel Spink at right) Practically from the beginning, the Spink family has been a part of the Center for Musical Arts. James and Leslie Spink have been enthusiastic donors and supporters, and both of...

Center for Musical Arts: Historical Timeline

1996

The Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts (RMCMA), co-founded by professional musicians, educators, and community leaders Peggy Bruns and Kathy Kucsan, opens on September 9 with 13 registered students at 111 West Cannon St. in Lafayette.

1996

By the end of its first year, RMCMA includes 14 faculty, over 100 students, a community chorus, a youth orchestra, and a growing early childhood music program.

1997

RMCMA stages a community production of Amahl & the Night Visitors, which becomes an annual tradition until 2009.

1999

RMCMA outgrows its original space and initiates the purchase of 200 East Baseline, the former First United Methodist Church. At the closing, funds are wired from an anonymous donor for the full purchase price of the property, surprising RMCMA staff and board.

2000

The Nonprofit Facilities Fund supports a renovation of the former church building, transforming the space into two performance spaces and 12 studios. 200 volunteers help with the project. 

2000

By the end of spring semester, RMCMA has over 500 students, a community band, an annual community yard sale, an annual Swing Dance, two concert series: CU at the RMCMA and the World Series Concerts.

2000

The Heartstrings program is created with a donation of 75 instruments from a faculty member. Heartstrings provides need-based tuition assistance as well as low- or no-cost instrument rentals.

2001

After 9/11, the community gathers at RMCMA to grieve and process in a song circle dedicated to the memory of those lost. 

The first RMCMA Honors Recital is held.

2002

Peggy and Kathy are given the Outstanding Alumni Service Award by Dean Dan Sher and the CU College of Music for creating the RMCMA and maintaining strong ties to CU.

Leadership from the Colorado Music Festival reaches out to RMCMA to create a program called “Classically KIDS!”, a collaboration that contributes to the two organizations merging in 2010

2004

RMCMA raises the funds for its Steinway concert grand piano. A dedication concert is held and the piano is dedicated to the memory of Terrie Stewart, a staff accompanist at CU-Boulder and a longtime friend and supporter of the RMCMA.

2010

The Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts is formed when the two organizations merge.

2020

The Heartstrings Program turns 20 years old, having served more than 5,000 students with need-based tuition assistance and access to affordable instrument rentals.

2021

The Center for Musical Arts celebrates an incredible 25 years. The Center serves more than 600 students weekly and is still deeply rooted in the founding philosophy of excellence, access, community, and heart, with a mission of inspiring and connecting community members of all ages through music. 

To the Next 25 Years: Make a Gift

If you’re as passionate about music, community, and access as we are, we hope you will support the Center for Musical Arts with a gift today!