We are thrilled to announce that Kimberly Cauthen Wolfe has joined wcfsymphony as our new Executive Director! Kimberly arrives from Montgomery, Alabama where she held the position of Executive Director with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra since 2014. She steps in as the new Executive Director, previously part of a dual role held by wcfsymphony Artistic Director and former CEO, Jason Weinberger. (He continues as the Pauline Barrett Artistic Director and Conductor for wcfsymphony.)
“Everyone here at wcfsymphony is thrilled to welcome Kim to our organization,” says Weinberger. “She has tremendous energy and insight, and also a deep passion for nurturing and ensuring the relevance of music and the arts.”
Kimberly started the job on January 9th. She was chosen from a national pool of applicants after a search committee was assembled in October 2016. Dee Vandeventer, President of the wcfsymphony board notes, “Kimberly’s passion for music, administrative experience and impressive fundraising track record made her an excellent candidate for wcfsymphony.”
A third-generation musician, Kimberly started violin at age 5 and vocal studies at 13. She studied violin under Yosuke Kawasaki (current Concertmaster of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra) and Peter Rovit (current Concertmaster of Symphoria in New York). Later she studied voice at while attending Huntingdon College. In addition to her interest in classical music, she is also a champion of jazz and has performed as a jazz vocalist alongside famed percussionist Steve Ellington (Duke Ellington’s grandson) and pianist Pedro Louis Mayor. As a vocalist, Kimberly attended the Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute where she studied opera with Phyllis Hoffman, Penelope Bitzas, and Ann Howard Jones. She performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under the baton of composer and conductor John Williams. She graduated from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.
While serving as the Executive Director for the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra in Alabama, Kimberly launched the Academy of Music, a music education program geared towards reaching diverse socio-economic demographics and enabling young musicians to study violin, viola, and cello with quality instruction. The music program was a large extension of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s educational mission, reaching 75 students in 33 schools with Suzuki method instruction. Kimberly’s work with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra also included special programs like the Vann Vocal Opera Institute, an informative opera workshop for college students based around one-on-one training with some of the greatest opera singers in the United States. She worked alongside opera stars such as Metropolitan Opera Principal Tenor, David Cangelosi, and numerous vocalists from the MET and Chicago Lyric Opera. In addition, Kimberly successfully executed programs like the national Blount-Slawson Young Artists’ Concerto Competition and managed a volunteer base of 200 through the Montgomery Symphony League while focusing on strong community partnerships. While Executive Director of the MSO, she assisted in the production of 40 concerts including the annual outdoor Broadway Under the Stars which reached over 7,000 patrons.
Kimberly is married to Kenneth “Hunter” Wolfe, a high school educator and soccer coach. They have a daughter named Emmaline who will turn one in February.
“I’m thrilled to join wcfsymphony and to work alongside Jason,” says Kimberly. “wcfsymphony offers so much to the Cedar Valley and I’m proud to join this fantastic community and be a part of enhancing this organization’s mission.”