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President and Chief Executive Officer

President, PeakArts Association
Boulder's PeakArts

Executive Director
Boulder's PeakArts


President and Chief Executive Officer
Peak Association of the Arts , Inc.

Executive Director
The Cleveland Music School Settlement


Board Member

Board of Trustees
University Circle Inc


BS degree
music education
The University of Minnesota

MM degree

The Cleveland Institute of Music

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The Daily Camera: Boulder County

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Robert McAllister, PeakArts' CEO, said the arts group's "line in the sand" deadline has been pushed until Tuesday because of a $78,000 grant payment from SCFD, which uses tax money to fund scientific and cultural institutions in the Denver metro area.

That money - which will go toward meeting PeakArts' payroll - had been expected March 17, McAllister said.
PeakArts, however, still must raise $150,000 by Tuesday or face possible closure.An anonymous donor has offered to give $1 for every $2 that PeakArts raises by that deadline.The donor will contribute up to $50,000.
Board: Some schools must be closed

The Daily Camera: City Of Boulder

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"They have the check in their hands," said Robert McAllister, PeakArts' president and CEO.

After a story about PeakArts' $300,000 budget deficit appeared in Wednesday's Daily Camera, McAllister said, donations came flooding in - enough to meet payroll, cover the $20,000 payment to CU and Salerno-Sonnenberg's $26,000 fee.
The problem, McAllister insists, is a lack of donations from community members and businesses.
"The thing is, this is not a bailout," McAllister says."We just haven't received the (donor) funds we had budgeted for.We're still short by $300,000, and, eventually, that's going to be a problem."

PeakArts names MacAllister CEO

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Robert MacAllister had an eye on the PeakArts Association long before the Boulder arts complex had an eye on him.

It's a unique model , said MacAllister , who today will officially be named president and CEO of PeakArts.It's one of a kind..
With an annual budget of $2.9 million , the nonprofit PeakArts coordinates the efforts of the Boulder Philharmonic , the Sinfonia of Colorado , the Boulder Ballet and the PeakArts Academy.
A glance at the life and career of Robert MacAllister , who was named Monday as president and chief executive officer of the Boulder PeakArts Association :.
1952 : Born in Minneapolis
1975 : Bachelor's degree in music education , University of Minnesota
1980 : Master's degree in clarinet , Cleveland Institute of Music
But we have that in Bob MacAllister.His vision fits our perfectly..
Effective June 18 , MacAllister will fill the position held by William Lightfoot from 1988 until his resignation last October.MacAllister was one of 50 applicants for the job.
MacAllister , 49 , most recently served as executive director of the Cleveland School of Music Settlement , a post he held since 1994.A clarinetist , he performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and other groups in the '80s and '90s ; he also worked as a music instructor throughout the past 20 years.
Settlement schools were founded in many American cities in the final years of the 19th century to aid immigrants in the transition to a new life.
The Cleveland school had come upon hard times , MacAllister said.It had run immense deficits for a dozen years when I took over.We're now had a balanced budget for six years..
MacAllister spoke enthusiastically about PeakArts from his Ohio home , noting that the group has national significance that many in Boulder might not be aware of.
There are many cities with symphony orchestras , ballet companies and community schools , he said.In some cases they collaborate , but they are not connected.That's what makes PeakArts unique in this country..
As a board member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts , MacAllister worked closely with administrators of the PeakArts Academy.
I knew about PeakArts the minute he was born , he said.And the Boulder position intrigued me..
In Boulder , the new CEO will work closely with friends formerly at in Cleveland.
MacAllister was principal clarinet in the ensemble.
MacAllister has another tie to Boulder in SoYoung Lee , director of the PeakArts Academy and former director of adult education and the preparatory division at Baldwin-Wallace University outside Cleveland.
I heard about Bob and his work at Settlement and I was eager to meet him , said Lee , now rounding out her first year at the Academy.We got together to discuss things ; he helped me find ways to improve the faculty.He was a mentor to me..
Besides his many duties at PeakArts , MacAllister plans to be an active member of the Academy faculty.
I still want to teach , he said.
Donald Rosenberg , chief music critic of the , has followed MacAllister as clarinetist , conductor and administrator.
MacAllister will build upon the tradition that we have developed here..
MacAllister's wife , Eugenie , a professional flutist , and 11-year-old daughter , Lauren , like her father a clarinetist , will join him in Boulder later in the summer.
PeakArts is a jewel , the new CEO said.I'm very exciting about being part of it and part of the Boulder community..
Contact Wes Blomster at ( 303 ) 473-1611 or blomsterw@thedailycamera.com
May 22 , 2001

Boulder County Business Report - Business of Arts and Culture - March 22, 2002

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Robert McAllister, chief executive officer of PeakArts, decided to do something about it.He made a personal plea to the audience of a Philharmonic concert, resulting in a story the next day in the Boulder Daily Camera.

He also wrote an impassioned plea to area residents in the Jan. 25-Feb. 7 issue of The Boulder County Business Report.
"Any non-profit needs public support," he said."We didn't receive that support, so we needed to make a public appeal that non-profits exist only with the support of the community."The community responded with $351,000 in 25 days.
"All but $16,000 was individual contributions.We're happy regarding the large support of the Boulder community.It shows PeakArts is a vital non-profit."Of the total, $16,000 was from a foundation.
McAllister, CEO since June 2001, takes non-profit stewardship seriously.His previous employment involved resurrecting the finances of the Cleveland Music School Settlement, where he served as executive director.
"Our job is to be fiscally responsible," he said."We are committed to keeping a balanced budget."Weeding out unnecessary expenses is one way to do that.
Although downsizing plans had been made in advance of the terrorist attacks, PeakArts cut back staff expenses, eliminated eight programs, six of which were under the now-defunct Sinfonia, and trimmed the budget in other ways shortly following Sept. 11.
"Those programs had not been financially viable from the previous year," McAllister said.
McAllister whittled the $2.9 million budget down to $2.6 million for the 2002-2003 season.
"My motto is ‘run a non-profit like a business, with a mission centered in the arts,'" McAllister said.
11 did very little as far as attendance," McAllister said."Seventy-five percent of the house sold is our average, and the last four concerts were sold out."Tickets range from $10 to $60 for most performances.
The biggest bite out of PeakArts' budget was lack of donations.
11 profoundly impacted donations," McAllister said."A number of donations were going to relief, so we had less funding from individuals."
McAllister is raising awareness of PeakArts through more community outreach.
"We're working with the Boulder Valley School District to offer discounted tickets to students in Boulder Valley," he said.
The educational arm of PeakArts, PeakArts Academy, also keeps the community in touch.McAllister believes that the key to PeakArts' continued viability is "linking with the community through the schools and assisting the community by providing quality instruction."PeakArts Academy in Boulder provides instruction in dance and music for hundreds of students of all ages.Private lessons cost about $17-30 per half-hour.
Its association with the performing arts branches, the Boulder Ballet and Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, is rare, according to McAllister.
"Linking the performing organizations with the educational arm is very unique throughout the country," he said."It's not the way most people do it."McAllister is on the board of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and PeakArts Academy is a member of that organization.
McAllister's background in education and in performing arts gives him "a fundamental understanding of the arts," he said."I know how arts affect people.In most places, the arts truly do not connect to the community.That's a problem.
"We have a commitment to delivering arts programming and instruction and to provide a model for others to replicate nationally," he said."There's equal support of the academy and the performing arts.

Sinfonia season canceled

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It was a hard decision to make , said Robert McAllister , president of Boulder's PeakArts Association , but it was a step necessary to balance our budget for the season that begins this week..

The season cancellation might mean the end of the performing group.PeakArts is considering reviving the Sinfonia during the 2002-2003 season , but most likely as part of the Boulder Philharmonic's season.
Cancellation of the three-week Sinfonia season , which was set to begin Oct. 19 , along with other cuts in expenditures will trim $160 , 000 from the PeakArts budget of $2.88 million , closing the gap between anticipated income and expenses for the season.
Over the past six weeks I have reviewed our current financial position and challenges regarding the budget , said McAllister , who took over as PeakArts CEO in June.My goal is to balance our budget and thus to ensure a strong and successfully future for the organization..
This could indicate oversaturation of the market for good music in Boulder , McAllister said.
Ticket sales for the 15-week season of other PeakArts programs , including concerts by the Boulder Philharmonic , are ahead of where they were a year ago.
The future of the Sinfonia had been under consideration before I arrived here in June , said McAllister , previously chief administrator of Cleveland's Settlement School.The cancellation will mean a loss of income for some of our musicians , and I'm not happy about that.
However , it will ensure the long-term stability and growth of PeakArts..

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