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October 25, 2021

Colorado Symphony Board Of Trustees Appoints New Board Co-Chairs


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Nick Dobreff, Director of Publicity and Community Relations 616.485.3913 (m) – 303.308.2477 (o) 


Richard Krugman and Julie Rubsam named Board Co-Chairs following retirement of Jerome H. Kern  

October 25, 2021 – Denver, CO –   The Colorado Symphony Association Board of Trustees have announced the appointment of Richard Krugman and Julie Rubsam as Board Co-Chairs. The longtime members of the Colorado Symphony Board of Trustees succeed Jerome H. Kern who retired from his post as Colorado CEO and Chair of the Board of Trustees on September 2, 2021.  

“Having the opportunity to work with Julie Rubsam and support the Colorado Symphony as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic is a unique opportunity, said Krugman. “The organization is well positioned and poised for an exciting season.” 

Dr. Richard Krugman, former Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean at the University of Colorado School of Medicine for 25 years, is a distinguished professor in pediatrics and child abuse and neglect at the Kempe Center. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, and director of the C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Krugman was chair of the U.S. Advisory Board of Child Abuse and Neglect and served 15 years as editor-in-chief of Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. His current interests lie in the outcomes for children and families in child protection systems in the United States and Europe. 

Julie Rubsam has spent her adult life as a community activist.  She has been involved in numerous non-profits, serving on their boards of directors and as an employee at several. Of note, she served as Chief of Staff for the Lieutenant Governor of Colorado (Mike Callihan), Operations Manager at the Women’s Bean Project, and Director of Employment for the clients of Catholic Charities. She joined the Colorado Symphony Board of Trustees in 2010 and called her election to co-chair in 2021 a “great honor”. She loves her neighborhood, Curtis Park, and has served as President of their board and is currently a board member. As board chair of Redline Contemporary Art Center, she felt a strong sense of bringing her community and the arts together. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio, she was thrilled to get to go to the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater to learn about the symphony (as an elementary school student), and to listen to beautiful music in a wonderful venue. 

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The Colorado Symphony Association is the region’s only full-time professional orchestra committed to artistic excellence and ensuring the future of live, symphonic music. Performing over 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado, your Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from all genres of music.  During the COVID-19 health pandemic, we worked to safely produce over 50 concerts with and without audiences, including: 18 Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre performances, two large scale virtual community benefit concerts, and dozens of small ensemble concerts performed in numerous outdoor venues like the Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria, Denver Zoo, and Denver Botanic Gardens. Virtual #PlayOn campaigns garnered 2 million views between our Virtual Music Hour, Weekly Replay, From Home Concerts, and MusiCurious Instrument Interviews. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, your Colorado Symphony continually expands its impact through education, outreach, and programming. We partner with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the power of symphonic orchestral music.