The Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Letter From CEO Paul Lhevine

Live Music at Four Mile Historic PArk
Live music will return to Four Mile Historic Park on Thursday evenings this summer.

State of the Hill

April 26, 2021

The light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter with every passing day.

With a year of closure well under our belt we are now in the process of getting ready to slowly come back to in-person programming with renewed energy and excitement.

Our virtual music school, Swallow Hill Online, has been running and growing for a year and will continue to enrich students far and wide even as Yale opens its doors again (September is our target). Our most recent school session that just concluded brought together students from 42 cities and towns across Colorado, and from 20 states beyond our own, and as far away as Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. Session 3 starts in a week and is shaping up to be our strongest one yet.

Audio Production classes, which saw limited in-person class offering, have thrived online, and students are learning how to write, track, and collaborate from a distance using both analog and digital recording. And we have been thrilled that two long-time Swallow Hill faculty members, who now live in rural settings, April Cooley (Utah) and Clay Kirkland (Missouri) are weekly fixtures in virtual classrooms.

This summer we are returning to the Denver Botanic Gardens with Evenings al Fresco. Spread out across 20 nights this summer, Evenings al Fresco, unlike a traditional concert, will allow visitors to stroll through the Gardens and encounter small, socially distanced ensembles or musicians performing works designed to underscore and bring delight to their evening visit. Swallow Hill is beyond excited to showcase 100 solo artists, duos, trios and quartets and help facilitate getting performers back in front of live audiences. You can find more about Evenings al Fresco here.

And Swallow Hill is once again bringing the Shady Grove Picnic Series back to Four Mile Historic Park this summer with family-friendly concerts. These Thursday evening shows all summer long are ideal for picnicking and lounging in lawn chairs while music paints the sky.

The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter, the weather is warming up and our community is springing back to life.

With great thanks and appreciation to our members and donors our financial house continues to be in order. We are already in the process of hiring and rebuilding our teams and getting ready for a summer of music outdoors and hopefully starting this fall in-person concerts and classes back in our building and community outreach programs in ECE classrooms and K-12 schools across the metro area.

Can’t wait to see you this summer!

Stay safe and healthy and make good choices 🙂

With gratitude,

Paul Lhevine