Berkeley Symphony Announces New Executive Director

By Francisco Salazar

The Berkeley Symphony Board of Directors has announced the selection of its new executive director, Kate Kammeyer.

Her appointment ends the nationwide search that began in February 2022 and Kammeyer will succeed current Executive Director Jim Tibbs, who served Berkeley Symphony since 2019.

In a statement Paul Bennett, President of the Berkeley Symphony Board of Directors said, “We are very pleased to have Kate join us as Executive Director. Her experience impacting multiple music organizations in a variety of roles will enable her to lead the business side of Berkeley Symphony. We look forward to her leadership in crafting the execution of conductor Joseph Young’s artistic vision as she helps Berkeley Symphony continue its tradition of innovative concert programming and education of young people.”

Kammeyer recently served at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as Senior Vice President and General Manager, as well as Interim Artistic Administrator. She has also worked as the Orchestra Manager of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Assistant Dean of Artistic Planning at the Longy School of Music, and General Manager and Artistic Administrator with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Responding to her appointment Kammeyer said, “I am thrilled to lead the Berkeley Symphony as the next Executive Director as we celebrate and build upon the momentum of the 50th season. As a leader who fosters welcoming cultures of inclusion and collaboration, I was drawn to the Berkeley Symphony’s mission, vision, and values, with its long-standing commitment to the championing of diverse voices, adventurous and accessible programming, music education programs serving all BUSD schools and engagement of a unique community. With the thoughtful creativity of Music Director, Joseph Young, talented musicians and staff, and highly energized board and advisory council, I look forward to expanding the Berkeley Symphony’s role as an indispensable artistic and cultural resource to the community of Berkeley and the Bay area.”