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New Executive Director for Music in the Mountains

Music in the Mountains, the largest classical music organization of the Sierra Foothills, announced the appointment of Cristine Kelly as Executive Director.  In that position, she will have the overall strategic and operational responsibility for MIM.  Kelly brings expertise in local nonprofits and fundraising to MIM.  She will join the organization on November 28, just prior to the WinterFest choral concerts.

“I think part of it is just my musical background. I love music, I play the cello, and my daughter’s played the classical violin since she was in Kindergarten, actually before Kindergarten. She’s been with Music in the Mountains in the young composers’ program and every year she’s been in the young musicians’ competition. For us, music has just been a way of life.”

Kelly most recently served as executive director of the Nevada City-based Sierra Mentoring Partnership, an organization that is dedicated to growing quality mentoring for local youth.  Prior to that she was co-executive director for the Ama Foundation, a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to providing the most underprivileged children of Nepal with loving homes, education and secure lives.

Kelly is a native of New England She serves on various committees for the local Center for Non-Profit Leadership, is commissioner for the Nevada County Adult and Family Services Commission and a member of the Board of Directors for the Nevada County Digital Media Center (formerly NCTV).   Kelly says she is delighted to be named to this position and looks forward to working with the MIM team and   world-renowned artistic director, Gregory Vajda, Kelly plays the cello herself and is a supporter of classical music. 

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