Sharing the Magic of Music

Musical experiences for kids and adults that spark imagination, learning, and pure joy

Off the Hook Arts brings the joy of learning music to children in the Fort Collins-Loveland-Windsor-Wellington region who may otherwise not be able to afford it. For kids who dream of making music, we provide the instruments, the teachers, and the opportunity to learn all that music can teach us. For many, this enrichment is truly life-changing.

The earlier children are exposed to music education, the more they benefit. As kids practice and improve, they think more creatively — and not just about music. They absorb many lessons with lifelong value. Their self-confidence builds. And before long, they are doing better in school and becoming more grounded, and emotionally and socially mature human beings.

Michele Castro

Executive Director Jephta Bernstein and student

Mike Block and Sandeep Das of the Silk Road Ensemble

To fund our programs, we present public music events through our Music Tour Series and our Music Spoke Concert Series. The Music Tour Series consists of engaging, interactive, and thoroughly delightful events featuring renowned Colorado performers in a wide variety of genres.

Our June based summer music festival, Music Spoke, is a cross-disciplinary event that brings world-class local and international musicians, along with experts in the sciences and arts. Enhancing the several concert offerings are presentations that invite us to relate their discussions to the festival music, connecting the dots between our emotional and cerebral connection to world class performances.

The Music Tour Series and Music Spoke Concert Series of classical, jazz, and world music enliven the fabric of musical life in our community, offering all who love music fresh ways to learn about and be inspired by it.

Kelly Hall-Tompkins and Marija Stroke


Jephta Bernstein

Jephta Bernstein

Executive Artistic Director

Jephta Bernstein

Frederick Frost

Vice President

Jephta Bernstein

Joseph Vander Linde


Jephta Bernstein

Keahi Ewa


Board Member Application

The Board of Directors of Off the Hook Arts has a legal, moral and fiduciary responsibility to ensure that the organization does the best work possible in pursuit of its mission to enrich the lives of kids and adults in our community by providing unique musical experiences that spark imagination, learning, and joy.

We rely on each Board member to be a dedicated, persistent ambassador for the work and mission of OtHA in the community, with an ongoing commitment to the financial health of the organization and its programs. As a voting board member, this begins with a minimum $100.00 contribution every fiscal year, in addition to serving on the committees for which each respective board member is best suited. Other contributions such as in-kind services, hosting, donations, inviting new audience members and volunteering at events are frequently requested. Fill out the form below, or download a PDF of our application today.

Are you prepared to dedicate time to prepare and attend Board meetings, contribute to events and to fund-raising for a period of two years? Commitment is a semi-monthly 2 hour board meeting, participation in at least one committee including ad hoc festival committees (may be several hours a week during Festival preparation and attending the Festival events). Can you commit?

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