Kim grew up in Minnesota (land of the 25 below and blizzards!), attended St. Olaf College as a music performance major, and pursued graduate studies at Northwestern University. After a summer gig touring the Great Lakes with the American Wind Symphony, she relocated to Cleveland to study with John Mack, principal oboist of The Cleveland Orchestra, then returned to Chicago to start her family and work as a freelance musician. After spending time playing with an orchestra in Spain and teaching at several universities, she made the move to Boulder and began teaching private oboe lessons. Continuing to work as a performer, Kim appeared in several festivals and ensembles throughout the Front Range (Bach Festival, MahlerFest, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and others), and worked for the Coloardo Music Festival for 11 years. Now serving as Executive Director for Ars Nova Singers, Kim continues to teach privately and recently retired as principal oboist for the Denver Philharmonic.
Joined Ars Nova: 2020
What Brings You Joy? My family and friends. I have friends all over the place. Thank goodness for Zoom! Travel also brings me joy – so for now, Zoom is the next best thing.
What Keeps You Connected to the Ars Nova Repertoire? There is something so ethereal about the blend of human voices, and the breadth of expression that is possible. Even though I am an orchestral musician, some of my favorite works include chorus – Bach Passions, Mahler Resurrection Symphony, Brahms Requiem… the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts!
Preferred pronouns: she, her