Leah Podzimek, Executive Director
A versatile and passionate arts fundraiser, administrator and project manager, Ms. Podzimek began her life and career in Iowa as a musician. Over the past five years she has worked to build community partnerships, grow audiences and enhance fundraising and marketing efforts to best achieve various arts organizations' goals. From running summer music camps for high school musicians and managing music libraries to producing operas and establishing giving programs, Leah has been instrumental in raising over $2 million for the arts worldwide.
Living in London, England, Ms. Podzimek performed with several small opera companies while simultaneously pursuing a masters degree and working for English National Opera as a fundraiser. She has held positions at Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, and Opera Colorado; and currently works in fundraising and project management for Boulder Symphony, Colorado Bach Ensemble, and Meow Wolf.
Ms. Podzimek is passionate about reaching new audiences, and is dedicated to creating authentic and exciting musical and artistic experiences for all. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice from Wartburg College; and her Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Leah Quiller, Music Therapy Liason
Leah is a section violinist with the Boulder Symphony and the owner of Peak Pathways Music Therapy, LLC here in Boulder. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of New Hampshire then moved to Colorado to attend Colorado State University where she earned her Master of Music in Music Therapy, emphasis in Neurologic Music Therapy. She then completed her 1200 hours of clinical training in Long Beach, CA at Arts and Services for Disabled, Inc. (now called Able Arts Work).
Leah received her national certification as a Music Therapist Board Certified (MT-BC) from the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). She then received advanced training and a certificate in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) from the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. As a Neurologic Music Therapist, Leah has additional training in neuroscience, physiology and brain malfunction. She uses Neurologic Music Therapy techniques that are based on the scientific knowledge of music perception and music production and their effects on nonmusical brain function and behavior.
Leah served as the Chair of Social and Public Relations for the Colorado Association for Music Therapy for two years and now works with the Colorado Music Therapy Task Force to advocate for legislative recognition at the state capitol.
Molly Kittle, Symphony Webmaster
Passionate about making classical music accessible and relevant in the 21st century, Molly has worked as administrative staff for the Boulder Symphony and resonated with the Symphony's desire to inspire and connect the community through music. She now works as the webmaster and enjoys volunteering at the box office.
As a musician and teacher, Molly’s inspiration is rooted in her professional knowledge and career experience as a classically trained singer, where she has soloed and performed in many operas, ensembles, and chamber music groups. Molly holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical vocal performance from University of Denver and has postgraduate training in voice performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University. Further studies include the International Institute of Vocal Arts program in Italy and an immersion in the Body Breath Sound method. Molly is also a teacher in the Contemporary Alexander School - an Alexander Technique program.
You can find Molly facilitating Alexander Technique lessons and workshops for symphony musicians, and teaching private Alexander Technique lessons in Boulder, CO.
Ron Nadel, Program Annotator and Guest Lecturer
Ron is classical music announcer at community radio station KGNU in the Boulder/Denver metropolitan area. He comes from a musical family and played trumpet for more than ten years before dedicating himself to his true love: listening to, reading about, and talking about, classical music.
Ron was a public school science teacher for seven years and worked in IT engineering at Lockheed Martin for 25 years. Ron is involved in Boulder’s musical life, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado MahlerFest, a weekly music festival dedicated to the music, life, and times of composer Gustav Mahler.