Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra searches for executive director


The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1921 and performs for more than 100,000 people in southwest Michigan each season. Photo via fb.com

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is on a national search for an executive director.

KSO said it recently hired the search firm Arts Consulting Group to recruit nationally for an executive director.

Southwest Michigan arts advocate

In the meantime, arts advocate Judy Jolliffe has taken the helm and will serve as KSO interim executive director.

Jolliffe has a long history in the Kalamazoo arts community.

She has served as both the interim director and executive director for the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, as well as president and interim executive director of The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

KSO said Jolliffe has served on several boards: the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Education for the Arts and the Plaza Arts Circle.

Jolliffe has also a hand in the development of the Epic Center, creating a central hub for several of Kalamazoo’s arts organizations, and in the recent refurbishment of Chenery Auditorium.

“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to assist the KSO during the transition, and I look forward to working with their excellent staff and board of directors,” Jolliffe said.

Next chapter

Jolliffe’s appointment as interim executive director comes following the departure of Jennifer Barlament as KSO executive director.

“While the Kalamazoo Symphony is sad to see Jennifer Barlament leave, we are thrilled for her to have this wonderful opportunity to grow and advance her personal development,” said Doug Phillips, board president of the KSO. “We thank Jennifer for her strong leadership and guidance during her four and a half years with the KSO.

“We look forward to continuing to build on the many wonderful programs, both musically and educationally, we provide to our community and are confident Judy Jolliffe will do a fantastic job leading us during this time of transition,” Phillips added. 

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