Our Mission

Kadence Arts is an non-profit organization that 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 projects 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, Masary Studios, Ensemble Evolution, and Quartet Kalos. She’s co-produced two albums, and composed music for her own ensembles as well as Masary Studios, 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 Yamaha, Remo, Grover Pro Percussion and Vic Firth.


robert honstein // concert curator 

Robert Honstein 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 who is passionate about hybrid arts performances in which the performer is musician, actor, and dancer all at once. He developed his hybrid arts skills in the educational performing arts ensemble Tales & Scales with which he performed in front of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and at Florida’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Performances also included shows and workshops in over one hundred elementary schools, libraries, and community spaces across the country. These experiences lead him to his current work with The Fourth Wall, where he continues to develop innovative hybrid arts performances. 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.

The Kadence Arts 2016 annual project: Inuksuit Boston at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.