About

The Tri-Lakes Music Association was formed in 1998 by a group of musicians in the Tri-Lakes Communities centered around Monument, Colorado.  The founders of this group were Robert W. G. Manning and Bruce Eldridge.  The original charter of this organization was to develop an annual Christmas Concert series that was  performed primarily by residents of the Tri-Lakes region - a true community event.  It was the founders' dream that this series of concerts would be a true community happening.  It would not belong to any one church, school or other organization.  It was an attempt to start down the road to Scott Peck's "community".

The concert series has grown each year.  In 2006 there were approximately 75 vocalists in the TLMA choir, 45 instrumentalists in the TLMA orchestra and 45 youth in the TLMA children's choir.  Also in 2006 TLMA experienced it's first ever sellout crowd.

The concert series is funded primarily by donations from local churches, individuals and businesses.  A free-will offering is accepted during the performance, the total sum of which currently goes to sponsor a local charity, Tri-Lakes Cares, and to provide two scholarships for high school senior. 

There are typically two sections to each concert:
   
A first half that consists of:
  • Tri-Lakes Music Association small ensembles
  • Tri-Lakes Music Association Orchestra
   
A second half is a cantata (Definition: A musical composition, often using a sacred text comprising recitatives, arias, and choruses).

The association performed concerts in:
   
1998 - A Christmas Festival by Bob Krogstad
   
1999 - A Christmas to Remember by Clair Cloninger and Gary Rhodes
   
2000 - The Wonders of Christmas by David Hamilton 

During these three performances the Tri-Lakes Music association raised over $10,000 for Tri-Lakes Cares.  Then due to of health and job related issues, the association was dormant for 3 years.  During this time, Bruce Eldridge, one of the co-founders of TLMA, moved out of the Tri-Lakes Region.  In 2004 TLMA became active again and has performed thirteen more concert series, which included:
   
2004 - Portraits of Christmas by Phil Barfoot and Lari Goss ($3800 was raised during this performance)
   
2005 - The Spirit of Christmas by Phil Barfoot and Lari Goss orchestrated by Lari Goss ($3508 was raised during this performance)
   
2006 - The Heart of Christmas by Mike speck, Cliff Duren and Danny Zaloudik ($4685.05 was raised during this performance)

    
2007 - Sweet Land of Liberty  by Ralph Vader - This performance was given once at Lewis Palmer High school and again immediately prior to the fireworks display in Palmer Lake, Colorado

    
2007 - The Joy of Christmas  by Phil Barfoot and David Williamson. ( $4001.03 was raised during this performance - we had to cancel one of our performances due to weather)

2008 - The Splendor of Christmas  by Phil Barfoot and David Williamson. These performances were held in the new D38 high school, Palmer Ridge ($3645.32 was raised during this performance - 2645.32 was given to Tri-Lakes Cares and $500.00 was given to the college fund of Austin Herman {French horn attending University of Northern Colorado} and $500 was given to the college fund of Ryan Demarco {clarinet attending Birmingham-Souther})
 
2009 - The Wonder of Christmas  by Phil Barfoot and David Williamson. TLMA only performed two performances this year.  These performances were held at Palmer Ridge High School ($2325.00 was raised during this performance - $1325.00 was given to Tri-Lakes Cares and $500.00 was given to the college fund of Nick Broadwell {precussion player} and $500.00 saved back in reserves for future scholarships. 
 
2010 - In 2010 due to health issues, TLMA did not have a performance
 
2011 -  The Gift of Christmas   Matt Manning, Robert and Anita Manning's son, graduated from CU and accepted a position with an engineering firm in Colorado Springs.  When he did so, he gave his father the Christmas gift of taking over his dad's directing responsibilities with TLMA.  This is the only reason that the concert series was able to continue.  Performances were held on December 9th, 10th and 11th at Palmer Ridge High school.  In total, $4039.52 was raised at this concert.  Of this 3039.52 was given to Tri-Lakes Cares.  The remaining $1000.00 (as well as the $500 from the 2009 scholarship carryover) was give to three deserving district #38 graduates.  $500.00 was awarded to Ms. Emily Curran.  She is pursuing a degree in music education at the University of Minnesota.  $500.00 was awarded to Mr. Bryce Reiber.  He is pursuing a degree in engeinnering and also trombone performance at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Finally, Mr. Matthew bowker was awarded $500.00.  He is pursuing a degree in computer science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
 
2012 July 4th Concert - Lean on Me   by Ralph Vader - Due to the Waldo Canyon fire, this performence happened in September.  We took in $7678.52 and gave $3000 to the flying W wranglers and $4678.52 to the Waldo Canyon Fire Fighters fund.

2012 A Christmas Celebration by David Clydesdale - TLMA performed three performances at Palmer Ridge High School.  We raised $3574.  $2574 went to Tri-Lakes Cares.  We also provided two $500 scholarships to Noah Waldman and Dan Herman. 

2013 The Hope of Christmas by Phil Barfoot and orchestrated by David Williamson - TLMA performed three performances at Palmer Ridge High School.  We raised $3104.  $2104 went to Tri-Lakes Cares.  We also provided two $500 scholarships to Noah Waldman and Dan Herman.  

2014 The Light of Christmas Created by Phil Barfoot and Cliff Duren - TLMA performed three performances at Palmer Ridge High School.  We raised $3406.36.  $2406.36 went to Tri-Lakes Cares.  We also provided three $500 scholarships to Brittney Chambers, McKenzie Brummond, and Olivia Fowler.  

2015 The Glory of Christmas Created by Phil Barfoot and Lari Goss - TLMA performed three performances at Palmer Ridge High School.  We raised $3598.19.  $2598.19 went to Tri-Lakes Cares. We also provided a $500 scholarship to Zach Alwins.

2016 The Journey of Christmas Created by Phil Barfoot and Cliff Duren. - TLMA performed three performances at Palmer Ridge High School.  We raised $2129.15 for Tri-Lakes Cares and we also provided a $500 scholarship for Shannon Cornuke.

All told, dring the sixteen concert series, almost $45,000 has been raised to benefit Tri-Laks Cares and $6500.00 for Lewis-Palmer senior scholarships.

In February 16th, 2006 the Tri-Lakes Music Association reached another pinnacle - the TLMA was granted non-profit status as a "charitable" organization.  This distinction is important because before this time TLMA operated under the non-profit umbrella of Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church and as such had "religious" non-profit status.  Becoming a community based "charitable" organization cements TLMA's charter of being truly a community organization.  Reading from TLMA's Articles of Incorporation, TLMA's primary purpose is:

a)     Generally, to coordinate and organize annual performing arts events (currently a series of Christmas concerts) in geographical areas where they might not otherwise be available or have limited access (e.g. the Tri-Lakes region);

b)    To raise the funds necessary to pay for the aforementioned concert series through the use of donations from local churches, individuals, local businesses, etc.;

c)     To publicize and recruit primarily un-paid volunteers to perform in the aforementioned performing arts events (e.g. orchestral musicians, vocal performers, stage hands, artists, dancers, actors, etc.);

d)    To foster further musical and/or other performing arts events whose proceeds above and beyond the costs to produce the event will either be donated to other charitable organizations, individuals in need (need must be established) and/or will be used to further enhance the ability of the Tri-Lakes Music Association’s ability to put on said performances.;

e)     To establish, over time, a center for these performances and enhance the performing arts in the Tri-Lakes region;

Following this charter, in June of 2006, the Tri-Lakes Music Association sponsored the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony for their farewell concert that was performed before they left on tour to New Zealand and Australia where their tour completed with a performance at the world famous Sydney Opera House.  TLMA plans on hosting many such concerts in the coming months and years truly bringing performing arts to areas that otherwise wouldn't have access to these performing arts.

From Robert W. Manning - founder and president of the Tri-Lakes Music Association

In June, 2007, the Tri-Lakes Women's Club graciously gave Tri-Lakes Music Association our first grant of $5,200.00 allowing TLMA to purchase two high end Yamaha Motif XS-8 keyboards for use during our performances. Since then, Tri-Lakes Music Association has received several grants that have given us the ability to purchase much needed musical equipment to continue to grow as a musical organization.  TLMA is ever in debt to the TLWC.

In November, 2007 the "Jackson H Fenner" foundation gave a $1500.00 grant to the Tri-lakes Music Association. With this money, TLMA purchased a TAMA drum set outfitted with Zildjian cymbals. This donation allows us to practice in large spaces and not be tied to locations that have a drum set we can borrow. In November, 2008 the "Jackson H Fenner" foundation gave a $1000.00 grant to the Tri-lakes Music Association. The Tri-lakes Music Association used this donation for much needed operating funds. In October, 2009 the "Jackson H Fenner" foundation gave a $500.00 grant to the Tri-lakes Music Association. The Tri-lakes Music Association used this donation for much needed operating funds. We are indebted to the foundation and the Troyer family who were the trustees that we contacted.

What will happen next with TLMA?  We don't have firmed up plans but a few possibilities that are being discussed include:   
  • Perform multiple concerts in every given year.
  • Bring other musical groups under the TLMA umbrella.  Discussions are currently underway with the another volunteer music organization in the Tri-Lakes region to see if they are interested in this synergistic relationship.  We would love to entertain other organizations.
  • We have brought the Tri-Lakes Handbell Choir under our auspices. 
  • Expanding to other areas of the performing arts by sub-contracting presentations under the TLMA umbrella.
  • Bring additional performing arts (not necessarily JUST musical groups) to the Tri-Lakes Region.
   
These are just a few of the possible options.  So stay tuned!

Sincerely
Robert W. G. Manning, Founder and president, Tri-Lakes Music Association - 11/16/2016

 
Need further information? Please contact:
Matt Manning, by phone trilakesmusic@gmail.com