Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra board chair Anne Tennier is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Varian to the position of Executive Director. Currently serving as Interim Executive Director, Kim joined the HPO nearly four years ago as the Director of Development and Communications and has been an integral part of the organization’s growth and success.

“We are delighted to see Kim step into this role,” said Tennier. “She brings years of strategic management and development experience, and as interim ED, we have been particularly impressed with how she has led the organization through this turbulent time. Her experience and thoughtful leadership has been a tremendous asset that will guide us in the future.”

Kim brings more than 20 years of senior management experience across public and private sectors, holding executive positions in development, marketing and operations. Recognized for strategic management, community partnership building and revenue generating initiatives, her career is grounded in arts and education sectors.

“I am thrilled to take on this dynamic role,” said Varian. “It is a privilege to serve this incredibly talented orchestra and the Hamilton community. The HPO has a rich and vibrant history in the region and I look forward to building on this legacy and deepening our connection with the community.”

“Kim is passionate about the HPO and the arts in our community, and she brings a wealth of experience to our orchestra, “ added Gemma New, HPO Music Director. “On a personal note, I am immensely looking forward to working closely with her in building a thriving future for the HPO.”

Varian officially starts in this role as of June 1, 2020.

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About the HPO: The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1884 as The Hamilton Orchestral Society and grew to become one of Canada’s major professional orchestras. Today, the HPO is a leader in Hamilton’s robust arts community, providing professional orchestral services and music education programs to address the needs of the community. The HPO continues to commission and premiere works and is one of the artistic jewels of the Hamilton area. The combined musical talents of its artists continue to enrich the community and enhance the quality of life for its residents.

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