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2203, 2023

President’s Message 2023

By |March 22nd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Roxanne Coate

President’s Message – Roxanne Coate

Welcome to Boise Music Week. For over 100 years (since 1919) we have brought outstanding free musical performances to the Treasure Valley. We are the longest running all free musical celebration in the United States. I have served as a President’s Member, Officer, Treasurer, Vice President and now President. It is my honor this year to bring 10 fun-filled days of musical entertainment for all ages.

My involvement began in 1993. My best friend stopped by my house knowing that I had done theatre and choir in high school. While driving to tryouts she explained that Boise Music Week is a spectacular tradition in the area. Soon I was singing in the chorus of my first Boise Music Week musical, Oklahoma. Thus began my involvement with Boise Music Week. Since then, I have performed in five more shows, singing, dancing and some small roles. I have also helped with hair and makeup in shows I didn’t perform in. Eventually my husband, son, and daughter got involved and singing.

I love attending the events each year. The Noon Organ Recitals at St Michael’s Cathedral and Dance Night are a couple of my favorites. The Showcase Concert features local groups and is always an outstanding concert. Music in the Park is back and we have a great lineup this year. Recently we created a Boise Music Week Youth Choir. We have all of the locations, times, and dates on our website: 2023 Boise Music Week Events.

Boise Music Week is an ALL volunteer organization. We never have enough people so don’t hesitate to contact us. Not everyone is musical, but we need volunteers in many other capacities. Set design and building, event chairs and helpers, greeters at events, you name it, we need it. Getting involved with Boise Music Week is really easy. On our website go to the Volunteer link and sign up. You will not regret it.

Please consider donating to Boise Music Week. We thrive on our donations from corporations and patrons. Every donation is appreciated.

Roxanne Coate
President, Boise Music Week

2103, 2022

Boise Music Week COVID Policy

By |March 21st, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Boise Music Week’s Board of Directors places the highest priority on the safety and health of our patrons, performers and volunteers. For this reason we strongly encourage everyone attending Boise Music Week events to wear face masks, out of respect and caution for those attending and performing during the pandemic. Some of our events this year may require masks. We reserve the right to turn away or ask people to leave who show signs of illness. You assume all risks relating to contracting any communicable disease by attending or participating in a Boise Music Week event, and waive all claims and potential claims by doing so. Thank you for your cooperation. Together, we can remain healthy and strong.

202, 2021

BMW Events 2021

By |February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Boise Music Week events will be virtual from May 2nd through May 15th 2021.  Event listing can be viewed under the Events menu item.

2807, 2020

President’s Message July 2020

By |July 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

A message from Our President; Shannon Smurthwaite

To our loyal Friends, Patrons and Corporate Donors of Boise Music Week:

I would like to thank each of you for continued support of Idaho’s own 101 year-old non-profit organization devoted to the celebration of music. We operate solely on thousands of volunteer hours and your generous monetary donations. This has been a unique time for Idahoans and in particular, the Treasure Valley, as we navigate new paths and constant change to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our wonderful community. We are the longest-running organization of its kind in the United States. Boise Music Week has been the recipient of the Mayor’s Award, Governor’s Award, Award for Excellence in the Arts, regional wards for performers and countless other accolades that spotlight the efforts of simple, grass-roots commitments to keep this century-plus tradition alive for your family and generations that follow.

We’ve weathered the Great Depression, World War II, and several financial crises in our country. Still, fostered by the love of music and the arts, we remain a free venue to the public. We’ve never charged a dime for admittance into any of our uplifting, family friendly events. I think it can be said we’ve offered joy and hope in times of turbulence and the unknown. We are committed to that, especially, today.

For those of you who knew we would not have our 2020 season and told us to keep your donations, large or small, I thank you deeply. Like other non-profits we have monthly expenses. We continue to welcome, with our gratitude, your tax-deductible contributions. They can be made via this website or sent to: Boise Music Week, P.O. Box 155, Boise, ID 83701.

Lastly, our Board of Directors and Event Chairs are currently working hard on plans for our 2021 season. We are extremely excited for what’s ahead! Feel free to visit our website for updates. We have a delightful line-up that will both entertain and inspire you and budding young musicians, whom we encourage to attend and participate.

On behalf of our entire organization, thank you so very much for your love of the arts and community. Without you, we would not be moving forward.

Stay well!

Shannon M. Smurthwaite, President
Boise Music Week
Celebrating the Arts since 1919

2403, 2020

Farewell Brent Karlberg

By |March 24th, 2020|Categories: BMW News|

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Brent Karlberg, Production Manager at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, suddenly passed away on March 23, 2020. Brent was instrumental in all peformances on stage at the center, and nothing happened on his stage without his approval. Boise Music Week was the grateful beneficiary of his expertise, and most especially his friendship, for many, many years. He had a fondness for our volunteer organization, and understood that we had a 100+ year legacy in the community and a reputation to protect. He also knew our funds came solely from donations and grants, so he always did whatever he could to help us stage a production that was beautifully and professionally designed and built cost efficently as possible, and he worked overtime every year to ensure that. He was a beloved member of our production team and his participation was appreciated by the board of directors and the community at large who supported our musical theater productions on that stage since 1998. Whatever will we do without his vision, his talent and generous spirit…

Brent, in this, your second act, Break a leg!

Brent Karlberg with Allyn Krueger

Brent Karlberg with Allyn Krueger

1903, 2020

BMW 2020 Season Cancelled

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

(Boise, Idaho – March 18, 2020) The Executive Board of Boise Music Week announced today that all Boise Music Week events of the 2020 season have been cancelled in support of our community’s efforts to limit the effects of the Corona Virus pandemic. For the first time since the inaugural 1919 season, no Boise Music Week events will be held.

The Executive Board recognizes the impact this decision has on our performers, volunteers, venue providers, and on all of our friends and supporters affected by this historic circumstance. Our primary interest is the safety of all involved.

Beverly Schumacher, President of Boise Music Week, expresses her appreciation to the event chairs, performers, directors, production staff, and our community partners for their efforts in preparation for the 2020 season. The Executive Board would continue to welcome tax-deductible donations online or mailed to P.O. Box 155, Boise, ID 83701-0155.

We encourage everyone to remember the power of music during this challenging time. It is our plan to bring you this unique celebration of music next spring, and hope to see you all in 2021.

1710, 2019

2019 Pictures

By |October 17th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Photos from Boise Music Week 2019 have been loaded. There are photos for many of the events.

208, 2019

Auditions for “Into The Woods”

By |August 2nd, 2019|Categories: BMW News|

Auditions are expected to be in November or early December.  Watch Facebook for updates or signup on our volunteer page for audition notifications.  See Production page here.


1906, 2018

Auditions for Thoroughly Modern Millie

By |June 19th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Things you should consider if you’re thinking about auditioning..

  • Auditions January 12 – 13, 2019
  • Rehearsal to begin 4 Feb 2019
  • Performance Dates are Thursday May 9 through Sunday, May 12 2019
  • This show has TAP dancing.
    You may want to take advantage of the TAP classes available throughout the valley
    Boise Rec is expected to have classes available this fall but other studios may have classes this summer.
3101, 2018

Celebrate 100 Years with Us!

By |January 31st, 2018|Categories: BMW News|

Roger Lingle

President’s Message

Wow, we made it to our 100th Celebration of Boise Music Week! Thank you all for your support. We hope that you agree that Music Week is a treasure in our city and valley and is a tradition that should continue for the next 100 years.

Since 1919, MUSIC and the arts has been the focus of this special week. It is the longest such event in the United States. Of course, the events are all FREE of charge. The reason is YOU!  All the time, talent, and enjoyment would go unappreciated if generous people did not continue to support Music Week with their donations. Hundreds of hours put in by many people, all volunteering their time and talents make this week very unique in our area and state.

Beginning with International Dance Night and ending with the production of this year’s musical “The Music Man”, our community, especially our youth, are showcased. This year, because it is such a landmark, we will be adding some special performances including a “Barbershop Music Night”, special music at the public libraries, and concerts at the Grove. Of course we will still have the usual concerts – School Night, Music in the Park, Church Night, All That’s Jazz!, Organ Recitals and concerts and Showcase.

Again, we are so thankful for you as donors and patrons of the arts. A very special thanks to the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation for making it possible for BMW to perform in the phenomenal Morrison Center of the Performing Arts. Boise is a great city, made better by its strong support of the arts. We are indeed fortunate. We hope you enjoy the musical offerings of Boise Music Week and will continue to support our efforts for many years to come.

—Roger Lingle
President, Boise Music Week

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