Glacier Symphony & Chorale Board

The GSC Board has up to 24 directors, as one representative each from the orchestra, chorale, and league of the GSC for a total of up to 27 votes. The Executive Director, Music Director, and Chorale Director are considered non-voting members of the Board of Directors. The board meets monthly, generally on the third Tuesday of the month at 4:00 pm. The board meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending a board meeting, please check with the GSC office to confirm the date, time, and location of the meeting.

Board of Directors

Jon Johnson, President
Mark Holston, Vice President
Dan Chisholm, Treasurer
Lucy Smith, Secretary
Jim Coolidge
Ginnie Cronk
Heidi Escalante
Mark Holston
Ed Meier
Laurie Miller
Julie Moffitt
Marylou Patterson
Tamara Williams

Staff

John Zoltek, Music Director/Conductor

Micah Hunter, Chorale Director

Ron Osterbauer, Director of Operations and Development

Susan Estes, Office/Box Manager

Laura Kraft, Patrons Services Manager

Teresa Connell, Reception/Ticketing

Roger Blair, Stage Manager

Griffin Browne, Orchestra Personnel/Librarian

Barbara Walden, Chorale Librarian

Heather Catlett, Chorale Personnel Manager 


Past Board Presidents

The GSC honors the tremendous contribution of the past Presidents of the Board of Directors, who worked tirelessly to help create the wonderful organization we have today. Thanks to those who chose to take on the responsibility of serving their community.

1983-1985 – Gabe Perjessy, Kalispell
1985-1986 – Hi Gibson, Kalispell
1986-1988 – Mike Fraser, Kalispell
1988-89/90-91 – Dean Nelson, Kalispell
1989-1990 – Charlotte Higgs, Kalispell
1991-1992 – Kathy McDevitt, Kalispell
1992-1994 – Steve Cummings, Kalispell
1994-1996 – Eric Kaplan, Kalispell
1996-1997 – Ed Jasmin, Kalispell
1997-1998 – Martha Groenke, Bigfork

1998-2001 – Joan Pfuhl, Bigfork
2001-2003 – Jean Hagen, Bigfork
2003-2005 – Jim Strainer, Bigfork
2005-2007 – Mark Kirk, Bigfork
2007-2009 – B.J. Carlson, Kalispell
2009-2011 – Margaret Baird, Lakeside
2011-2013 – Maureen Hathaway, Somers
2013-2015 – B.J. Lupton, Kalispell
2015-2017 – Jim Lehner, Kalispell

2017-2019 – Julie Moffitt
2019-present – Jon Johnson


Staff

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Micah Hunter - Chorale Director

Micah Hunter serves as the conductor of the Glacier Chorale and the Glacier Chamber Singers. In addition to his work with the GSC, Micah is also a full time music teacher at Stillwater Christian School in Kalispell, where he has served since 2006 as the Director of Choirs and elementary general music teacher in addition to teaching a college-preparatory course called Music Theory, History, and Literature, private voice lessons, and developing and supervising various independent study and online courses in music. Micah is also the chairperson of the annual Stillwater Music Festival; an invitational music festival for school and home school bands, choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists from Montana, Idaho, and Washington. His choirs are regularly seen performing throughout the community in addition to their regular concert schedules. Micah also works at Flathead Lake Music Camp every summer as a choir director and voice teacher. Micah and his wife Rachel are active in music leadership in their church, and share a passion for the health and vitality of sacred music in the Christian tradition. Together, they operate a ministry to local churches which offers training in music theory, history, philosophy, and practice to church musicians, clergy, and lay people.

Micah grew up in Hot Springs, Montana and attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman, studying voice and conducting primarily under Lowell Hickman. He also studied conducting under Lisa Hunter and served as assistant conductor of the University Chorus under Jon Harney. Micah graduated in 2006 with the Bachelor of Music Education degree. Micah’s graduate school experience has been widely varied, combining online, distance, and residential summer work from Boston University, Pensacola Theological Seminary, and Canyon College, where he earned the Master of Arts degree in music education in 2007. His research focused on cadential function and its relationship to harmony and voice leading in the unaccompanied choral works of Eric Whitacre. Micah entered the Doctor of Sacred Music degree program at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana in 2008, graduating with distinction in 2011 under the mentorship of Brian Taylor. Micah also holds the Master of Church Music in choral conducting from Pensacola Theological Seminary.

micahai@hotmail.com


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Ron Osterbauer - Director of Operations and Development

Ron Osterbauer began as the Director of Operations and Development for the Glacier Symphony on February 27th, relocating from Minnesota to Montana.  He brings over 40 years of non-profit experience which has included positions as CEO, Executive Director and Development Director for various nonprofit organizations in Minnesota.

He started with nonprofits in the environmental education area and launched the nonprofit River Bend Nature Center as its first Executive Director in Faribault, Minnesota on a 500-acre parcel of land.  He then worked at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota where he led the efforts to launch national education programs with birds of prey through a partnership with Target as well as a national program to use satellite telemetry to track migrational patterns of osprey through the support of Canon USA.  The Raptor Center was the first organization to have a live bald eagle ride in the 2000 Rosebowl Parade on the Target float, featuring Amy Grant, with Ron handling the eagle!

Ron has also worked for nonprofits in human services, restorative justice, integrative health and medicine as well as nonprofits providing legal services to low-income families.   Ron has also been an adjunct professor for two Minnesota Universities teaching course on Minnesota Wildflowers and Budgets and Finance.

Ron and his wife Peggy are relocating to the Flathead Valley to be near to their daughter Maggie, son-in-law Cooper and granddaughter Emma.  In his spare time Ron enjoys spending time in the outdoors fishing, hiking and doing bird banding as he is a federally licensed Master Bird Bander.


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Laura Kraft - Patrons Services Manager

Laura Kraft, the new Patron Services Manager, moved to the Flathead Valley last fall with her fiancé. Raised in a historic camp in the beautiful Adirondack mountains of New York, she has always had a passion for culturally-rich and outdoor-loving communities, hence the move to this area. Music has been a constant in her life since childhood, thanks to her musical family. She grew up playing the French horn, attended a music camp as a teenager, and recently helped her fiancé bring his drum invention to market. She also loves to sing and is learning to play the ukulele. Laura comes to the Glacier Symphony with a background in museum exhibit development and anthropology. She is very excited to make the Flathead Valley her long-term home, meet the members of the community, and work with such a great organization.

The volunteers are coordinated by Laura Kraft, Patron Services Manager, Call 406-407-7000 for more information or email: Laura@gscmusic.org


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 Susan Estes - Office and Box Office Manager

Susan joined the symphony in 2015 and now ensures that the daily operations of Glacier Symphony run smoothly. Delivering outstanding customer service has always been an essential part of her daily work. She maintains our ticketing and donor database, business partnership program and provides box office training. As the GS Office Manager, she is responsible for all office procedures, and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment.

Susan says she regularly finds herself drawing on her entrepreneurial skills and her background in public works, accounting and meeting planning.  She feels an organization

can never grow too big to not know each client personally. With her over 25 years of experience in professional office executive assistant positions and a track record of strong performance in high-volume, high-pressure environments, Susan skillfully manages administrative duties and client relations