Mendelssohn PAC welcomes new executive director

Staff Report

The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center (PAC) Board of Directors welcomes Kathleen Montgomery as the new executive director. Montgomery’s training as an educator, along with her diverse experience in non profit development and leadership in the arts, will greatly support the mission and goals of Mendelssohn PAC.
A Rockton, Ill., resident, Montgomery completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, with a degree in special and elementary education. She went on to receive her master’s in curriculum and instruction from Seattle University.

Montgomery is the founder and former director of two non profit musical societies for youth — endeavors driven by her love of classical music and her passion of extending meaningful musical opportunities to community members. She has taught within both public and private school settings, and has extensive experience in curriculum development. She has worked as an advocate in several organizations and led a committee to pass a state bill.

Mendelssohn will soon announce details for a reception welcoming Montgomery as executive director.

Since 1884, the Mendelssohn PAC has been a source of exciting, personal, interactive music experiences for the residents of northern Illinois. Mendelssohn PAC, a non profit organization, consists of a three-building campus and serves the community with a range of concerts, youth music programs and performing ensembles for all ages. The Mendelssohn PAC campus includes Mendelssohn Hall (the former First Presbyterian Church) at 406 N. Main St., the Emerson House at 420 N. Main St., and the Starr Center at 415 N. Church St. The Rock Valley Children’s Choir and Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts are divisions of Mendelssohn PAC. Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford, and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corp reside on the Mendelssohn campus. Visit

From the Feb. 26-March 4, 2014 issue

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