Linda Weise is the Founding CEO of the Colorado Springs Conservatory (CSC). She established the Conservatory in 1994 to bring world-class performing arts education to the region. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory in piano and vocal performance, she continued her post-graduate work at the Juilliard School for Opera Studies. Both Linda and the CSC have been recognized throughout the state and across the country with numerous awards to include the National Guild of Community Music Schools Milestone Achievement award and the coveted William Funk Award from the Colorado Non- Profit Association. Accolades for providing and making accessible to all who are interested in outstanding arts immersion studies, the Conservatory has been changing lives for nearly 23 years now.
Linda is an active community advocate who serves or has served on these boards of directors: Governor’s appointee for the State Board of Colorado Humanities, Vice-Chair Colorado Springs Leadership Institute (CSLI), Citizens Soldier Connection, the committee for the annual Range Riders Street Breakfast, Regional Advisory Council for Central City Opera, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Fountain Fund, and PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning. The civic and artistic partnerships she has created have lasted decades and have forged new ways to bring the arts to many who would otherwise go without. From UCCS and Colorado College to El Paso County and the City of Colorado Springs, from regional YMCAs to Santa Fe Opera, friends of the Conservatory are diverse and enthusiastic. Linda was recently featured on the cover of the international magazine, Corporate Vision for her exemplary ability to ‘build community’ in extraordinary ways.
She has recently launched her new business, Vortici, LLC with her daughter C.C. Wells. An organization with a mission and vision to forge and develop inspired work in arts, culture and arts education the production of ‘JACK, a moral musical tale’ is the first of many new works that the company will be launching.
Artistic endeavors include Stage Direction for the following; Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors, Martin’s Lie, The Medium, The Boy Who Grew Too Fast, Chip and His Dog by Gian Carlo Menotti, Childhood Miracle by Ned Rorem, A Jazz Nativity, by Anne Phillips and Brundibar by Krasa. Musical Theater; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and Secret Garden. Produced, written, and directed Chocolate Mountaineers Club, JACK, a moral musical tale, Henry and Greta along with numerous subject and site-specific pieces.
Linda is a graduate of both Colorado Leadership Institute and Leadership Pikes Peak. Linda has resided in Colorado Springs since 1992 where she currently lives with her husband Keith Wells and daughters C.C. and Kelsy.