Mendelssohn seeks new executive director

Staff Report

Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center (MPAC) is launching a search for a new executive director. Kathleen Montgomery, the current executive director, is relocating to Tulsa, Oklahoma, because of a job change for her husband.

Under her leadership, MPAC has expanded its musical programming and educational offerings and now provides a space for many performing arts groups in the area.

Our very supportive and involved board of directors and our many dedicated and talented volunteers have made MPAC an exciting place to be,” Montgomery observes. “My successor will oversee not just a place for impressive, interactive concerts, but also a vibrant community center.”

MPAC is a performing arts center for everyone in the greater Rockford area. Formerly the “Mendelssohn Club,” founded in 1884, MPAC is no longer a private club, but a campus in the heart of Rockford’s cultural corridor. The mission of MPAC is to present exciting, personal, interactive music experiences and enrich our community by fostering and supporting the performing arts.

Some of the organizations that call MPAC home include: Kantorei: the Singing Boys of Rockford; Youth Against Violence Organization; Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps; In Print Professional Writers’ Group; Rock n Roll Institute; and the Rockford Art Guild.

MPAC programs include the Mendelssohn Chorale, Charlotte’s Web music series, Chandler Starr Miller Scholarship Competition and many other clubs, music series and educational opportunities in the arts.

Board President Bob Quimby stated: “I believe I speak for the entire board when I say it is with deep and sincere regret that we are losing such a capable executive director. Kathleen brought to MPAC the highest level of professionalism and commitment. Under her vision and guidance, the transformation of MPAC from club to campus has made tremendous strides. She will be sorely missed and tough to replace, but her efforts have positioned MPAC for continued success. We wish Kathleen and her family the very best in their new surroundings.”

Visit MPAC’s website,, for the position announcement and application process.

From the Jan. 21-27, 2015, issue

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