Music in the Mountains Executive Director steps down |

Music in the Mountains Executive Director steps down

Music in the Mountains announced Tuesday that Cristine Kelly will step down as the executive director to focus on new professional opportunities and creative endeavors.

Her departure will be effective Sept. 30; Kelly was hired in 2011.

“We will miss Cristine’s leadership, her hard work and vision,” said board chairman Terry Brown. “Her departure follows a season of record-breaking attendance and revenue for the organization’s Classics Series during SummerFest. She was incredibly successful in building community, and had a keen business sense that has positioned the organization to be successful well into the future.”

Kelly’s tenure at MIM also led to significant expansion of MIM education. In 2014, MIM produced the documentary River Music, which went on to premiere at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and to be shown on public television stations both in California and around the country. The film followed the Young Composer’s Project as they learned about the effects of the mining industry on the native salmon run, and their journey in composing music around their experience.

“It’s been a pleasure working shoulder to shoulder with Cristine for the past two years at Music in the Mountains,” said MIM Artistic Advisor Pete Nowlen. “I’m incredibly proud of the work we have done together, and look forward to seeing the great results of her future endeavors. She leaves the organization stronger and better than when she arrived, and I thank her for it.”

MIM will be launching a search for Kelly’s successor in the near future. In the meantime, Mieko Hatano will be joining MIM as a consultant to ensure that there is a smooth transition. Hatano is a seasoned arts administrator, most recently being the Executive Director of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra.

“It has been a great honor to serve this organization. I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished together, especially the expansion of MIM education, the fantastic community collaborations, and the extraordinary artistic quality of the festival,” Kelly said. “It’s been a wonderful ride.”

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