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. She is a part-time lecturer at Northeastern University’s Music Industry Leadership program and former program manager of the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department at New England Conservatory.
As a performer and educator, she has traveled the world with groups such as Masary Studios, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, Ensemble Evolution, and Kalos. She’s co-produced two albums, and composed music for her own ensembles as well as Masary Studios, Phoenix Orchestra, 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. www.mariafinkelmeier.com
KAITLYN BURKE // GENERAL MANAGER
Kaitlyn Burke is an arts manager with a background in music, technical theatre, and design. She studied vocal performance at New York University, and performed with the York Theatre Company, Players Theatre, and the Hudson Guild Theatre. As a designer and technician, she created soundscapes at the Thalia, radio effects for The ACKtors Colony, served as Production Manager and Audio Engineer with Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, worked as a film projectionist and PA, and created properties for a wide range of musicals and plays. In addition to her duties at Kadence Arts, Kaitlyn is the General Manager of Convergence Ensemble, creating opportunities for interdisciplinary arts education in Boston school system.
David Stiefel // Program manager
David Stiefel is a performer and multi-instrumentalist working to advance cross-milieu inclusivity in music. Studying composition at Brandeis University, he became immersed in the diverse landscape of underground rock, free jazz, new-new music, and arthouse collectivism that constitute Boston, and pushes towards a protean dissolution of boundaries between these scenes.
Owing just as much to an upbringing in Appalachian folk as to formal training as a classical pianist, his music embraces a wide set of influences such as linguistic theory, anti-art sensibilities, and food ideologies, and makes extensive use of improvisation and instrument preparation. First and foremost a lover of friends and family, he often takes the experiences of himself and those close to him as direct inspiration for his works. Recent and ongoing projects include a self-published book of prose performances and background music for restaurants. At Kadence, David manages the Times Two Series, bringing together artists from differing backgrounds to co-present music as productive conversation.
board of directors
Robert Honstein, co-curator of Times Two Series
Gregory Jukes, teaching artist for the Beat Bus