Welcome to the second century of BOISE MUSIC WEEK! It is an honor to be serving as president of this unique organization, which is the longest running Community Arts and Performance group of its kind in the country. Boise Music Week started with a vision in 1919 and remains true to its roots today, dedicated to offering music and theater performances from local artists, young and not-so- young. Thousands of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are donated to keep this tradition alive and thriving for the next generation. And it’s all free to our patrons of the arts. Free, always, free.
In 1991, after only living in Boise for 18 months, my young daughters and I were given tickets to see “Annie” at the Morrison Center. Boise Music Week was new to us. It was our first experience stepping inside that beautiful performing arts edifice. I sat there and knew that if my children wanted to be involved, I would heartily support them. In years that followed, they performed, and I volunteered. As a parent, it was a delight to see my children happily engaged and growing in confidence. Occasionally, I was roped into a very small role here and there, shuffling my feet to a simple choreography and singing in a vast chorus. I have been backstage, in the wings, and helped with costuming. Each opportunity holds a memory for me. Little did I know back then I would someday lead this amazing organization. And it all started with a gift of three tickets.
Let me invite you to consider volunteering (oh, how we need you!), sharing your own musical talents, or making a donation to ensure Boise Music Week is around for another hundred years. Please regularly visit this website for our planned 2021 events. Each of them is designed to celebrate the arts with you and your family.
And as I found out, you never know where your support might lead!
Shannon M. Smurthwaite
Boise Music Week President