The Board of Directors of the Kamloops Symphony Society are announcing that Kathy Humphreys, Executive Director of the KSO, will be leaving her position June 30, 2019. She has had an unprecedented career of almost thirty years at the helm of a Canadian orchestra and the Kamloops arts community has benefited immensely from her passion, experience and knowledge. She is looking forward to working with the new Executive Director to share her knowledge and experience during the coming transition period. The search for her successor will commence immediately.

Kathy says:

“When I joined the KSO in 1990, I could not have imagined how important it would become to me. It turned out that it wasn’t just a career move, it was to become a way of life that has given me immense joy and satisfaction, even when we faced challenges. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people over the years including staff, musicians, guest artists, colleagues, audience members, donors, sponsors, volunteers and particularly Bruce Dunn, who was a long term colleague and is also a valued friend. I have enjoyed all of the beautiful musical experiences we have created and shared with the community. I believe in the power of music to enrich our lives and am proud of the Kamloops Symphony’s contribution to our region.”

Kathy’s long-term colleague Bruce Dunn, KSO’s Music Director Emeritus, had this to add:

“In the thirty years that Kathy has managed the Kamloops Symphony Society, the organization has seen its budget grow from $160,000 to more than $1,000,000, a thriving music school has become a valuable component of the KSO activities and facilities have improved from a basement room in 1990 to the comprehensive studios and offices in Station Plaza that is the current home of the Society. Kathy has shepherded the organization through three decades of growth while keeping the books balanced and avoiding any debt. A few years ago, she was presented with the Orchestras Canada Betty Webster Award, a national award for outstanding service to Canada’s orchestral community.
I enjoyed working with Kathy for twenty-seven of those thirty years. We were a team and proud of our accomplishments!
Kathy will leave a legacy. The region has benefited and will continue to benefit from the results of her administrative skills over the years.”

The Board expresses its tremendous gratitude to Kathy for her years of service, vision, dedication and leadership.

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