Our Mission

Kadence Arts incubates artistic projects, curates performances, and engages local communities through music making.

Our mission is to unite the community by providing new experiences to support and encourage an appreciation and understanding of how music impacts and enriches our lives. By empowering musicians to break the boundaries of creation, and teaching our community to experiment with self-expression, we’ll create an active ecosystem of art making and learning.


Kadence Arts presents three ongoing programs, along with one-time large scale events in the Boston Area. 

Meet the Team

Maria Finkelmeier // Founder & director

Named a "one-woman dynamo" by the Boston Globe, Maria Finkelmeier is a performer, educator, and active arts entrepreneur. Prior to rooting in New England, she spent three years in Northern Sweden at the Piteå Institution for Music and Media as an artist in residence.

As a performer and educator, she has traveled the world with groups such as the Baltic Youth Philharmonic, Ensemble Evolution, and Quartet Kalos. She’s co-produced two albums, and composed music for her own ensembles as well as Aaron Staebell and Ensemble Metatone. A passionate collaborator, Maria’s partnered with the Frost Ice Bar to create ice instrument performances for ArtWeek Boston, and with the Illuminus Festival to produce "Waking the Monster," a performance project turning Fenway Park's Green Monster into a percussion instrument.  She’s a proud endorser of Grover Pro Percussion and Vic Firth.


robert honstein // concert curator 

Robert Honstein (b. 1980) is a composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music. His works have been performed throughout the world by leading ensembles such as the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, eighth blackbird, Ensemble ACJW, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Mivos quartet, the Del Sol Quartet, Present Music, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, among others. He has received an Aaron Copland Award, multiple ASCAP awards and honors from SCI, Carnegie Hall, and New Music USA. He has also received residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Copland House, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Robert co-produces Fast Forward Austin, an annual marathon new music concert in Austin, TX and is a founding member of the New York based composer collective Sleeping Giant. In May 2014, New Focus Records released his debut album, the chamber cycle RE: You. He is also composer-in-residence, along with his Sleeping Giant colleagues, with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, as part of a Music Alive grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. 

GReg Jukes // Project manager  

Greg Jukes is a percussionist and narrator with an interest in work that brings together music, acting, and dance in new and creative ways. As a founding member of The Fourth Wall, a hybrid arts ensemble in which musicians are also actors and dancers, Greg has performed and taught across the United States. Greg regularly narrates with orchestras in the mid-Atlantic and mid-west. Greg is also a co-director of Kadence Arts, an organization based on percussion, community, and outreach. For more information, please visit www.GregJukes.com and www.TheFourthWallEnemble.com

GeneviEve Holmes // Managing Director, MAKE MUSIC BOSTON 

Genevieve has grown up in a musical family, been a pianist and accompanist throughout her life and earned her BA in Music at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. While at Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. in New York City, she thoroughly enjoyed working with living composers on pre-publication scores, organizing Boosey's perusal score library and being exposed to great modern music. While living in Munich, Germany for six years, Genevieve continued to pursue her passion for music. In 2011, she became a founding board member of English-Speaking Music Ensembles, e.V. ESME is a non-profit organization consisting of over 200 musicians from all over the world involved in orchestral, choral and big band ensembles. ESME brings a unique concert experience to Munich, performing music of many different genres, periods and styles. Since moving to Boston in 2015, Genevieve stepped into the role of Executive Director of Make Music Boston, an outdoor music festival celebrating music of all styles and genres on the summer solstice.


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Times Two Series concert highlight from Owen Weaver x Maria Finkelmeier on May 2, 2015 at The Record Co.

Illuminus Festival and Lawn on D present Maria Finkelmeier, Ryan Edwards and Jorge Arce for a performance on a custom made "playable pavilion." October 2014. In collaboration with Materials & Methods, Sam-o, and Metamovements Dance Company.

Maria Finkelmeier and Amy Garapic take on a chilly challenge, mallets in hand. In partnership with Frost Loft and Artweek Boston.