Steamboat Springs Art Council hires new director of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra
November 12, 2015
Steamboat Springs — At the age of 5, Beth Blaskovich started playing piano. Back then, she probably didn’t know it would evolve into a lifelong passion that's helped her get to where she is today: stepping into a new role as Director of the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra.
At the University of Montana, Blaskovich was selected to represent the school in a piano trio traveling throughout Europe. At the University of Colorado in Denver, she earned a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management. She's also worked as interim executive director of an NGO in Ghana, West Africa, providing inspirational volunteer abroad experiences for youth from across the globe to foster cross-cultural awareness. Since 2003, she has taught private piano lessons and continues to do so.
Kim Keith, executive director of Steamboat Springs Arts Council, which oversees SSSO, spoke highly of Blaskovich’s qualifications.
"A combination of her skills as an entrepreneur and music educator, along with her experience with non-profit infrastructure, make Beth an excellent fit for the position of director of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra," said Keith said. "Beth has the enthusiasm needed to serve students, our community and this amazing arts organization."
In her new role, Blaskovich hopes to bring a fresh perspective and her enthusiasm to make the symphony accessible to all through outreach and education.
"I want people to be able to come here not just to ski, but to experience the orchestra and the arts and culture Steamboat has and is building," said Blaskovich, who is originally from Montana and moved to Steamboat in September.
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While maintaining the regular concert programming, Blaskovich hopes to expand the symphony orchestra’s outreach potential in the community.
"What I can bring to the table, especially with being part of the arts council, is that collaborative and multidisciplinary piece. I would like to see each one of the concerts or events be a celebration that encompasses the visual arts, literary arts or dance to make these shows more of a collaborative experience."
Supportive of arts and education, Blaskovich said encouraging youth with a musical education component is something she also hopes to incorporate into the SSSO's future.
"I think … having that education component and having those kids perform is something that is really special and important to their overall experience," Blaskovich said. "One of the most important pieces of this role is to inspire youth, because if we don't have any kids who like the orchestra or want to be part of it, generations down the road, there may not be an orchestra."
For the upcoming season, Blaskovich said patrons can look forward to the holiday concert, which will welcome Broadway star Tiffany Haas back to the stage Dec. 2 and 3 and in March, the spring concert of "Scheherezade" will feature Teresa Steffen Greenlee.
"When I first saw the orchestra live in September, I was absolutely blown away by their talent," Blaskovich said. "We are in a small town that is somewhat removed from a lot, so to have that level of professional musicianship and level of a conductor here is really impressive."