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 Garden Concert Series and June-based SummerFest. The Garden Concert Series, which takes place April through October, consists of engaging, interactive, and thoroughly delightful events featuring renowned Colorado performers in a wide variety of genres.

Our June based summer music festival, SummerFest, 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 Garden Concert Series and Summerfest 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

Leadership & Team

Jephta Bernstein

Jephta Bernstein

Executive Director

Crystal Pelham, Education Coordinator

Crystal Pelham

Education Coordinator

Proudly supported by our sponsors

Off the Hook Arts is pleased to announce that it has been designated as a BBB Accredited Charity by Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming. Off the Hook Arts met all 20 BBB standards for Charity Accountability, which were developed to assist the public in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations.