Tim Stack, president of the Board of Directors of the CSPO, said she’s leaving to pursue personal interests.
“It did not take me by complete surprise,” he said. ”Susan has dedicated most of her waking hours for 5 years to this orchestra, successfully recreating an organization that employs nearly 100 people and finding the resources to sustain it have been very challenging.”
Green saw the organization through some troubling times.
She initially served as Executive Director of what was then the Colorado Springs Symphony from 1997 until December of 2001.
Fourteen months after her departure, the Symphony filed for bankruptcy dissolution, but about a month after the filing, Greene worked with musicians to establish a new organization: The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra.
A funding proposal was made to four local foundations who responded with a challenge grant requiring the fledgling organization to raise $650,000 in contributions and sell $250,000 in season tickets over a five month period.
“We had no concerts scheduled, no musicians or artistic leaders contracted, no venues reserved and certainly no cash,” Stack said. “Our first concert was a free, 24-hour marathon in the produce section of King Soopers. Ironically, when you have lost everything, you have nothing to lose.”
In November, 2003 the orchestra announced that it was back on its feet and had raised $1.1 million, including a single gift of $130K given to Greene by an anonymous donor.
Stack said a search to find a replacement would begin immediately.
“All of us who love classical music owe Susan a tremendous debt of gratitude,” he said. “She leaves us with an extraordinary legacy of vision, determination and inspiration.