Artistic Director, Zuill Bailey
Zuill Bailey is widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality have secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today.
Bailey was named Artistic Director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival in 2011, following the retirement of founding Artistic Director Paul Rosenthal. The musical excellence of the Sitka Summer Music Festival and series inspires enthusiastic praise from Mr. Bailey. “I am truly honored to carry the torch for such a prestigious festival that makes an incredible impact on the arts and the State of Alaska.”
In addition to his extensive performing schedule, cellist Zuill Bailey is an exclusive Telarc recording artist, the Artistic Director of the El Paso Pro Musica Chamber Music Festival and series, and is Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso. To learn more about Mr. Bailey, please visit zuillbailey.com.
Sitka Summer Music Festival
Executive Director, Kayla Boettcher
Kayla Boettcher is a lifelong musician and arts advocate who lives, works, and plays in Sitka, Alaska. She is honored to have been named Executive Director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, and thrilled at the opportunity to help nurture great musical experiences for Sitka and other parts of Alaska.
Kayla holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College and an M.A. from Prescott College. Since moving to Sitka in 2001, Kayla has worked as a counselor at Mt. Edgecumbe High School; a self-employed program evaluator, research consultant, and group facilitator for various youth development agencies across the state; a cross-cultural exchange coordinator for the Alaska Humanities Forum; and as Program Director and volunteer coordinator at KCAW, Sitka's public radio station. Kayla also teaches violin and piano lessons, and is co-owner of The Loft, a small event venue in downtown Sitka. She is a regular violinist with the Juneau Symphony and frequently appears onstage in her band The Penny Dreadfuls.
Sitka Summer Music Festival Foundation Board of Directors
Thad Poulson, President
Pat Wolf, Vice President
Rick Goodfellow, Secretary/Treasurer
Zuill Bailey, ex officio