Transitions: Summer 2019
Welcome to two new members of the Glacier Symphony team: Ron Osterbauer, the new director of operations and development, and Laura Kraft, patron services manager. Osterbauer brings over 40 years of non-profit experience that has included positions as CEO, executive director and development director for various nonprofit organizations in Minnesota. He and his wife, Peggy, relocated to the Flathead Valley to be near to family. “I’m looking forward to working together with Music Director John Zoltek, the staff and board to continue to build the Glacier Symphony into an even more effective musical organization,” he says, adding that he looks forward to meeting supporters and developing new community relationships. Kraft moved to the Flathead Valley last fall with her fiancé. Her role as patron services manager is to coordinate volunteers and help manage symphony events and soirees. She comes with a background in museum exhibit development and anthropology, and says music has been a constant in her life since childhood. She grew up playing the French horn, attended a music camp as a teenager, and recently helped her fiancé bring his drum invention to market. She also loves to sing and is learning to play the ukulele. “I’m very excited to make the Flathead Valley our long-term home, meet the members of the community, and work with such a great organization,” she says.