Sara Parkinson named executive director of Boulder Philharmonic

Posted on: August 9, 2021

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra has appointed SARA PARKINSON as executive director; she has been serving as interim executive director since the fall of 2020. She was previously the Boulder Philharmonic’s director of education and community engagement. She has served on the staff and faculties of University of Colorado at Boulder, Cornell College in Iowa, and Metropolitan State University of Denver. As a pianist, she performs regularly with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, members of the Colorado Symphony, and is a founding member of the tango ensemble Grande Orquesta Navarre. As a conductor, she made her operatic conducting debut at Boulder Opera in 2018, and she was music director at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Boulder from 2015 to 2020. Parkinson attended the Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors in 2018 and was an assistant conductor to Nicholas Carthy at CU Boulder in 2019. She has been a member of the Central City Opera Ensemble since 2012. Parkinson holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Iowa and the New England Conservatory of Music and a DMA in collaborative piano from CU Boulder.