ECO's Board of Directors
Evergreen Chamber Orchestra’s Board of Directors is an all-volunteer group of musicians, attorneys, doctors, MBAs, and teachers – a group with diverse backgrounds and skills that comes together to ensure our wonderful orchestra is able to rehearse, perform, and grow year after year.
It’s not easy to keep an all-volunteer group running smoothly, but for all of our board members it is a challenge that they gladly accept. From planning out the season, running marketing campaigns, and managing financials – to helping out at the ticket table, putting together the food for receptions, and getting flowers for soloists – our board members do whatever it takes to ensure our musicians, sponsors, and audience members have an amazing experience with the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra.
Interested in Joining the Board?
ECO is always seeking talented and motivated people to join the board! If you’d like to learn more about being on the board and what it entails, click the button below and read on!
You’ll be taken to a page with a brief description of the board and what we’re looking for in a board member. If you’re interested, please fill out the form with your contact information and a brief description of your background.
We’ll get in touch with you to set up a quick call to discuss your background, skills, and interests, as well as talk in more depth about what it’s like being on the board.
JAMES D SPEAR, MBA
James Spear joined the board in March of 2018 and was elected president in June of that year. He actually didn’t even know about ECO prior to December 2017! The Evergreen business he works for (SBBnet, inc) gives each of its employees money to donate for Colorado Gives Day. He searched “Evergreen, Music” on the CO Gives Day platform and that’s how he found out about ECO.
After joining the board, James has helped ECO focus on the organization’s long- and short-term objectives and its strategy to achieve those objectives. In addition, he has helped ECO increase its focus on marketing, community development, and sponsorships.
James is a dedicated pianist, with a particular love of the music of JS Bach and Chopin. He’s always looking for great people to talk about music with! He also plays drums, guitar, bass, and synthesizer – he has had a number of bands in the past that have performed throughout the Denver Metro Area, the most recent being The Whiskey Masons.
James received his bachelor’s degree in Music and Entertainment Industry Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver, dual-majoring in Music Business and Music Technology. He then received his International MBA from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business, focusing on marketing, strategy, and finance. He works as a Marketing Manager at SBBnet, inc in Evergreen.
Stop by the ticket table at any ECO event and he will be there – make sure to say hello!
Alice has been on the ECO board since June 2017 and is in her second year as Secretary. She became familiar with the orchestra during her service on the Jefferson County Cultural Council (SCFD) in the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s. She moved to Evergreen in 2004 and began attending concerts. Even though Alice now lives in Lakewood, she still loves Evergreen and jumped at the opportunity to serve on the board. She loves driving up to Evergreen for concerts to hear “music in the mountains.”
Professionally, Alice is an attorney in private practice in Denver and practices in the areas of business law, transactions, and commercial bankruptcy. She keeps ECO out of trouble by serving as counsel to ECO! Over the past 25 years, Alice has also served on the boards of several other non-profits and taught classes on board service. As a result, she developed expertise in governance and other non-profit issues.
JULIA BARRETT, MD, MPH
A quote from Julia about ECO:
“Our audience hears ECO musicians perform at concerts and recitals, but what they don’t see or hear is how hard the musicians and Bill work at the six rehearsals leading up to each of our Masterworks concerts.
It’s incredibly satisfying to hear a piece of music go from the first time we play it through (some wrong notes and rhythms, along with suboptimal articulation, phrasing, dynamic range etc.) to the final performances when our audiences often exclaim ‘I’ve never heard ECO sound so fabulous!’.
It’s also fascinating to observe over the course of rehearsals how Bill brings to life his particular interpretation of a piece; he often does so by saying very little, as it’s clear from his conducting.”
Interested in joining ECO's Board of Directors?
We’re always looking for great people to join our team! If you’re interested in learning more about joining our board, we’d love to speak with you. Hit that fancy blue button below and you’ll be taken to a page where you can tell us a little bit about yourself. We’ll get back to you soon to set up a time to talk.