Making Music in a Masked World
Dec 09, 2020 11:45 AM
Kim Noltemy, President & CEO, DSO
Making Music in a Masked World

Kim Noltemy joined the Dallas Symphony Association (DSA) as Ross Perot President & CEO in January 2018. Since her arrival, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has embarked on a bold, new strategic plan and has implemented numerous new initiatives that will have a long-term impact on the landscape of classical music in Dallas and the entire industry.


Noltemy launched the DSO’s Women in Classical Music program, an initiative designed to elevate the role of women in classical music and increase female representation in the field. The program is intended to create dialogue about and opportunities for female musicians at all stages in their careers. The first two appointments as part of this program are the appointment of Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe as Composer-in-Residence and Gemma New as the first female Principal Guest Conductor of the DSO. The inaugural Women in Classical Music Symposium will be presented in November 2019.


Noltemy unveiled the DSO’s Southern Dallas Residency in November 2018. Utilizing its resources including DSO musicians, staff members, chorus members, various concert services, educational resources and funding, the DSO is implementing a multi-faceted program which is being co-designed with community organizations, educators, local artists, city officials, the local cultural community and leaders in Southern Dallas. Its educational initiative, Young Musicians, launched in summer 2019 to make the transformative power of music education accessible to all children in Southern Dallas with free instruments and lessons. The ultimate goal is for every child in the area who wants to play an instrument to have access to an instrument, lessons and performances free of charge.


In May 2019, Noltemy successfully negotiated the transition of management of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center from the City of Dallas to the Dallas Symphony Association. This historic move will allow the DSA to manage day-to-day operations of their home venue as part of a comprehensive business plan to ensure the long-term sustainable financial future of the organization. Prior to coming to Dallas, Noltemy was the Chief Operating and Communications Officer for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and Tanglewood since 2015 where she managed a 65-person team. She started her tenure at the BSO in 1996 as the Director of Sales and Marketing and was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer in 2007. Noltemy also served as the President of Boston 4 Celebrations (B4), a separate not-for-profit organization that produces the July 4th festivities in Boston, which are attended by 500,000 people and are broadcast globally on Bloomberg's multi-channel network. She oversaw more than $46 million in ticket sales and other earned revenue plus a corporate sponsorship program of $6 million annually. She also successfully raised funds for numerous projects including the July 4 Celebration, Orchestra in Residence Community Programs, free community concerts, television shows, online initiatives and a new video production studio at Symphony Hall.


Noltemy was the strategist behind the BSO’s new media efforts, including the BSO’s digital download service, Internet TV, podcasts and the BSO’s website, which is the most visited website of any orchestra in the U.S. She has executive produced numerous television shows including two seasons of New Tanglewood Tales, distributed by American Public Media, and three Boston Pops television programs, two of which received New England Emmy Awards.