Signals Bold Opportunities
The nationally acclaimed Colorado Springs Conservatory has opened its doors at 415 South Sahwatch Street, just one block east of the Cimarron exit on I-25. The new location offers easy access from all points along the front range including the Tri-Lakes area.
The 18,000 square foot facility has dedicated spaces for theater classes, instrumental music and vocals, movement for theater, music theory, composition, music libraries, faculty offices, dressing rooms, costume and prop storage and lots more. There is ample space for socializing, quiet study, and practice. It’s the perfect place to come “home” to after school.
A groundswell of support from the entire community has made this opportunity possible including Kevin O’Neil, principal of the O’Neil Group Company, which recently purchased the Chase Building at 6 North Tejon and is actively engaged in efforts to revitalize downtown.
“I see the Conservatory as a major contributor to the economic revitalization in the downtown area. The Conservatory will attract people from all over the city and region to the area, boosting sales in restaurants and shops, and bringing higher visibility to activities and services in downtown Colorado Springs.” – Kevin O’Neil
O’Neil’s generosity, along with building owner Cimarron Investment Company LLC, made it possible for the Conservatory to lease the new facility.
“This was the perfect opportunity for our community-minded partners to step up to fill the immediate needs of the Conservatory and reinvigorate downtown. It’s a win-win.” – Ron Voss of Cimarron Investment Company LLC (building owners) Cimarron Investment Company LLC is comprised of Susan Retherford, widow of Jerry Retherford, Steve Mullen, Neil Bruce, Pat Salt.
“This is a game-changer for downtown and our city. The Conservatory will add tremendously to the vibrancy of downtown.” – Susan Edmondson, President and CEO, Downtown Partnership
“I am thrilled that the Conservatory finally has a home in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. It offers easy access for a school of this nature, with such a diverse student base coming from a wide area of the region. It’s an important way for these young people to understand how their community ticks and the role the arts plays now and into the future.” – Linda Weise, Founding CEO, Colorado Springs Conservatory
Our Debut in 80903
There was standing room only when Mayor Steve Bach hosted the Grand Opening Celebration for the new Colorado Springs Conservatory on Monday, November 28, 2011.
Guests toured the colorful new setting located at 415 South Sahwatch, one block east of I-25. There was live jazz by Conservatory students and the nationally recognized faculty; luscious treats and an opportunity for patrons to sign their name indelibly into the history of the Conservatory.
“The Colorado Springs Conservatory will re-energize the southwest corner of Downtown. Not only will we have 400 talented kids making their mark, we will have their parents and patrons who support the arts – it’s exciting,” says Mayor Bach.