Grand Teton Music Festival names Emma Kail executive director

Posted on: July 29, 2020

“The Grand Teton Music Festival has a new executive director,” writes Richard Anderson in Tuesday’s (7/28) Jackson Hole News and Guide (WY). “The board of the 59-year-old classical music nonprofit announced Tuesday that Emma Kail will take the lead administrative post, effective Sept. 1.” She will succeed Interim Executive Director Simon Woods, who becomes president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras in September. “Kail, 40, has extensive experience as both a musician and a classical music administrator…. She graduated from the storied Interlochen Arts Academy of Michigan, studied trumpet performance at Indiana University and earned a master’s degree in music at the Cleveland Institute of Music … and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In the early 2000s, she switched to the administrative track, starting with the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, the Omaha Symphony and the University of Chicago. In 2007-08, she was an orchestra management fellow with the League of American Orchestras (where she briefly met GTMF Music Director Donald Runnicles) after which she spent two years as director of artistic administration for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In July 2010, Kail was hired as director of operations for the Kansas City Symphony, where within a year she was elevated to general manager, a post she held for nearly nine years.”