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Swallow Hill CEO and Executive Director Tom Scharf Resigns

Swallow Hill Music, a Denver-based nonprofit that runs music education programs and organizes many concerts in the area, has just announced the resignation of its CEO.

Tom Scharf, who also served as Executive Director, has served in the top role at Swallow Hill for seven years -- his last day will be September 30. His tenure saw the expansion of the nonprofit to include a second school, a broader musical mission and a greatly increased role as a concert promoter. Among other things, Swallow Hill books the extremely popular Botanic Gardens series.

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In its announcement this afternoon, the organization included an excerpt of Scharf's resignation letter:

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve the organization in this leadership role. The past 7 years has been remarkable for change, growth, personal and professional development, and many magic musical moments. I thank you sincerely for your support and patience with me through this journey.

Many of my successes are built on the shoulders of others and I thank all those who have worked on behalf of the organization throughout our 35 years. I have been holding a torch, lit by others - and pass it to along to those who will protect it, and make it shine brighter. I will continue to hold Swallow Hill Music, and its people, in the highest regard - and will continue to sing its praises and support its efforts to the best of my abilities.

Swallow Hill Music is searching for a new CEO -- interested parties should contact [email protected] Gwen Burak, who currently serves as the organization's director of marketing, will serve as Acting CEO until the position is filled.

Swallow Hill's 30th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Saturday, October 11 at the Paramount Theater -- Josh Ritter and Brett Dennen will headline the show.