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Robert C. McAllister

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  • BS degree , music education
    The University of Minnesota
  • MM degree
    The Cleveland Institute of Music
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The Daily Camera: Music, 2 Feb 2003 [cached]
"I came to Boulder with the idea of getting kids involved in music," says Robert McAllister, president and CEO of Peak Association of the Arts, home of the Phil, the Boulder Ballet and the PeakArts Academy."A link with the schools is part of my philosophy.The Oakmead grant will help us make this happen."
It's only at a full-fledged concert, McAllister feels, that kids will experience the magic of great music well played.
"I'm not a fan of 'kiddie concerts' and bringing young people to dress rehearsals," he says.
McAllister recalls the influence that Leonard Bernstein's televised youth performances with the New York Philharmonic had on his own development as a musician.
"'Lennie' was an icon; he was larger than life," McAllister says."I always felt that he valued me as a child."
And in 'Nadja,' as Salerno-Sonnenberg is popularly known, McAllister feels that PeakArts has an ideal soloist for this event.
"She's a role model," he says."She's a wonderful musician and she will inspire the kids who see her."
McAllister has targeted the Broomfield schools, along with Boulder and Fairview high schools, for the February program, which is open to other students in the region as well.
"It's only through programs like this that we are going to develop a younger audience," says McAllister, pointing to the lament about aging concertgoers heard everywhere in concert halls today.
"Without this we'll all be museum pieces at some point in the future."
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Robert McAllister, ..., 28 Dec 2002 [cached]
Robert McAllister, President/CEO
Robert McAllister, President and CEO
Robert C. McAllister is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Peak Association of the Arts.Established in 1999, the Peak Association of the Arts is the parent organization for the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Boulder Ballet, and the PeakArts Academy.
Prior to his appointment to PeakArts, Mr. McAllister was the Executive Director of the Cleveland Music School Settlement, the nation's second largest community music school.Mr. McAllister has given numerous recitals throughout the Midwest, has been a studio-recording artist and has served as a substitute clarinetist for eleven years with the Cleveland Orchestra.In addition, Mr. McAllister served as Associate Dean and Registrar at the Cleveland Institute of Music.He taught high school instrumental music in Minnesota, was a clarinet instructor at CIM and Case Western Reserve University and wrote the wind, brass and percussion curricula for the Cleveland Public Schools.He was the resident guest conductor of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, which he co-founded in 1989.
In November 1998, Mr. McAllister was nominated to serve on the Board of Trustees of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and was elected to chair the Central Great Lakes Chapter.Also, Mr. McAllister serves on the Board of Trustees of University Circle, Incorporated.In addition, Mr. McAllister serves on several panels and committees in Northeast Ohio such as the Education Council for the Musical Arts Association, the Advisory Council of the Community Music Enrichment Program for Cleveland State University, among others.Mr. McAllister has given numerous music clinics including pre concert lectures for The Cleveland Orchestra Subscription series and has adjudicated several competitions including the William Byrd Young Artist Competition.
Mr. McAllister received his BS degree in music education from The University of Minnesota, his MM degree in clarinet from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and in May 2000 he received an Alumni Achievement Award from CIM.He served as a member of Leadership Cleveland, a consortium of political, business, community and education leaders.In September 2000, Mr. McAllister was presented an award of achievement for Arts Education by Northern Ohio Live Magazine.In April of 2001, Mr. McAllister served as a Delegate of the People to People Ambassador Program for the first exchange in Music Education in Cuba.
For tickets or information call 303.449.1343.For class or lesson information call 303.449.9291Peak Arts, Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, Suite 6, Boulder, CO 80302-5700info@peakarts.orgLast Updated: January 19, 2002
Boulderphil Boulder Philharmonic, 24 Mar 2001 [cached]
In 2001 Robert McAllister was named CEO and president of PeakArts, and in 2003 this association dissolved into two entities: Boulder Arts Academy / Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic.
PeakArts names MacAllister CEO, 22 May 2001 [cached]
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
May 22 , 2001
Boulder County Business Report - Business of Arts and Culture - March 22, 2002, 25 Mar 2002 [cached]
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.
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