A Place To Call Home
The Conservatory has been “home” to countless young people. A home where you can be yourself without being judged. A home that provides trusted adult guidance and character-building. A home with “siblings” who share your ups and downs.
- A place where walls do not confine or redefine.
- A safe haven for positive peer interaction and the chance to build lasting friendships.
Memories from Alumni
Our alumni blend the inherent discipline of their studies and the personal character traits they have developed to embark on careers that include medicine, engineering, law, history, literature and education.We celebrates numerous alumni that have gone on to professional arts careers including national touring companies, Broadway, New York City Opera, international opera houses and arts organizations
Katie Medved graduated from Fordham University with a BA in theater performance and minor in environmental policy. In addition to acting, she sound designed and staged managed.
Most memorable Conservatory moment: Going into Linda’s office those nights (every night) at 9 when classes were over and knowing I should get home to do the piles of homework I had, but instead staying until 10 my other Conservatory “siblings”, teaching Linda hip lingo, or talking about Baroque music, with Linda’s composer finger-puppets contributing all the while and Shantell, holding baby Madalin telling us to get out already. There is nothing I cherish more than that laughter.
Biggest crash and burn: My first ever jury (remember those?) when I had to sing “The Girl I Mean to Be.” I’m pretty sure I had no idea what a jury was, so when I walked into the center room, gave my music to Linda, and turned around to sing to three scary people I did not know, I forgot how to breath, how to speak, and especially how to sing. She played maybe 3 measures before I burst into tears…
Best conservatory life lesson: Always thank people, anything is possible if you say it is, there is always a solution to a problem – you just have to get creative about it, big hairy mistakes are better than staying quiet, make sure to laugh at yourself and don’t take yourself too seriously, and of course DDD.
Most poignant moment at Conservatory: My work with Birgitta, Julie, and Zoe on The Effect of Gamma-Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Also, the time I performed a piano piece for studio class and got through the whole thing without messing up once.
Song I hope to never sing again: “Wouldn’t It Be Lovely” from My Fair Lady
Advice for CSC students: Clean the lounge and practice. Take advantage of every moment while you are there; such a family is hard to come by.
Advice for kids thinking about studying at CSC: Do it!
David Siegel is a recent graduate from the Manhattan School of Music and has returned to the Colorado Springs community as an El Pomar Fellow.
Most memorable moment: Playing a set with the CSC Jazz Combo and Earl Klugh at one of his concerts.
Biggest Crash and Burn: “Thief!”
Best Conservatory Life Lesson: Why yes, I could be at that gig in in 8 minutes. DDD. Oriental themed Christmas carols? Sounds like fun. Glad I always carry performance black…
Most poignant moment: Packing up the last load at 1430 N Hancock. Made me realize what an incredible a home The Conservatory has been for me.
Song I sang at CSC that I hope never to sing again!: JRB Christmas Lullaby…don’t kill me Linda. It’s just always a let down after Menotti.
Advice for CSC students: ‘Yes’ is your friend, ‘no’ is not.
Advice for kids thinking about studying at the conservatory: It’s true, Linda very well might be a blood thirsty alien but it’s ok, be she doesn’t bite most of the time. No but seriously, do it. It will prepare you for life in (or out of) the performing arts in ways that you can’t find anywhere else.
Tripp Fountain recently returned to New York following the 1st National Tour of Hair and also made his Broadway debut in Hair last year at the St. James Theatre. Growing up in Monument, Colorado, Tripp left to study drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2004. Since then, he has performed on the national tours of Evita and Cats. Other choreographic achievements include Annie Get Your Gun, The Music Man, and CSC’s 2010 production of Seussical: The Musical. Special thanks to Linda, for thinking of me for this wonderful show.
Most memorable moment: Second Sundays!!! Especially “Bohemian Rhapsody” interpretive dance with Lindzey Martucci, singing “I Can Go The Distance” for Mother’s Day, and the Nisá Show!
Biggest Crash and Burn: Singing “King Of The World” in the park in Manitou… Yeah, I didn’t sing that one for a loooooong time after that…
Best Conservatory Life Lesson: DDD.
Most poignant moment: Every year of people leaving for college. (Getting to see them when they came back to visit helped.)
Song I sang at CSC that I hope never to sing again!: “Where Is Love?” – Last sung at a Second Sunday circa 2000.
Advice for CSC students: Acknowledge that you have a million things to do, and acknowledge that they all have to get done. Then do them all as well as you can.
Advice for kids thinking about studying at The Conservatory: Consider if you want the arts to be a part of your life. If so, go to CSC.
Academic and Personal Achievement
- Records show that youth engaged in the CSC curriculum and environment
- Attain and maintain higher GPA’s
- Become role models and leaders in every day social situations
- 100% of students have graduated from high school
- Over 90% garner acceptance and substantial scholarships to some of the nation’s most prestigious universities, colleges, and conservatories