Stevan Kukic, President of Board of Directors

During his paid career, Stevan Kukic served as an educational consultant focused on systemic change and action, the needs of students with learning and attention issues, and special education. Now, in his volunteer career, he volunteers in his community and currently serves on the Boards for CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church, Longmont Symphony Orchestra, Junior Jets Child Development Center, Recovery Cafe Longmont, and Fox Hill Filing 1 HOA. He was chair of the Professional Advisory Board for National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), served on the Board of Directors for the Center as chair of NCLD’s Public Policy committee, and served as NCLD’s Director for School Transformation. Steve was given the Lifetime Service Award from the International Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) in 2014.Steve was given the Distinguished Education Achievement Award by NCLD and the Glenn I. Latham Annual Excellence Award by the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education in 2012.

For nearly 13 years, Steve was Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Sopris West/Cambium Learning Group. Previously, Steve worked as an independent consultant, primarily with Franklin Covey Company’s Education Division, facilitating the use of principles based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with individuals and organizations. Before that, Steve served for 11 years as Director for At Risk and Special Education for the Utah State Office of Education. Steve is a Past President of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. For five years prior to his state position, he directed a statewide center for technical assistance related to the education of students with disabilities, the Utah Learning Resource Center.

Steve is the author of over 120 articles, chapters, newspaper columns, and books. Steve is proud to have consulted in all 50 states, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Steve sang with and served on the advisory board for Salt Lake City’s 250-member Jay Welch Chorale for 5 years. Steve earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Educational Leadership and his M.A. in School Psychology and B.A. in Psychology from UCLA. Steve is married to the magnificent Jan and has three children, ages 54, 51, and 40. He has two glorious, bright and beautiful granddaughters, ages 24 and 20, and one amazing 4-year-old grandson. Steve’s three passions; other than his family and community; are golf, cooking, and golf.

Welcome Letter

Simon Woods, the president and chief executive of the League of American Orchestras recently said: “Orchestras are already thinking deeply about the implications of the post-COVID world, and not only those in major urban areas. In smaller cities, as well as suburban and rural areas, orchestras can release the power of music to aid in our communal healing.”

Our 20-21 season was so challenging. With the generosity of our community, your Longmont Symphony Orchestra (LSO) not only survived, but we “surthrived” in this time of COVID. Thank you!

On July 1, 2021, I became the president of the Board of Directors for the LSO. In this role, I follow the effective, long-term leadership of Carol Minelli. Thank goodness, she continues on as immediate past president. We have a dynamic, committed, active board. Our musicians are talented and dedicated. Our staff is committed to serving you.

We are blessed to have Catherine Beeson as our executive director and Elliot Moore as our conductor and music director. They are sophisticated professionals who are dedicated to leading LSO to become a symphony orchestra recognized for its artistic excellence. We remain dedicated to enrich, inspire, and serve our extended community.

Our 21-22 season is about halfway through. Because of the continuing challenge of COVID-19, we have contingency plans in place to ensure that we will offer you our best concert season yet no matter what the virus does, via in-person and online viewing opportunities.

Simon Woods is right. Orchestras can “release the power of music to aid in our communal healing”.

LSO remains dedicated to present you with music based engagement opportunities that serve as a catalyst which deepens awareness of our shared humanity.

Contact us anytime with your ideas to help LSO become all it can be.

Our best to all of you!
Stevan Kukic
President
LSO Board of Directors