She is the mother of three children, the youngest of whom lives in Portland (OR).
Jane has two cats, Cleopatra and Anthony.
Jane Kenworthy was hired as Executive Director of the Rogue Valley Symphony in July 2014. Prior to coming to Oregon she was Executive Director of the Stockton Symphony in California for six years. A veteran orchestra manager, she comes to the Rogue Valley Symphony with over 30 years of performing arts management experience. She has held the top administrative position with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (VA), the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (IA), the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (VA), the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (MD), the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Washington Bach Consort (DC), the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestras and the Greater Boston Youth Symphonies. She served as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s first Audience Development Manager and she held marketing positions at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts for two seasons. She worked as personnel manager and librarian for the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and as general manager of the Mount Vernon Chamber Orchestra. She began her arts career working in the concert bureau of the Manhattan School of Music in NYC. Jane is a native of Washington, D.C.; she graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in English literature. She went on to spend a year as a full-time diploma student at the Manhattan School of Music where she studied violin with Ariana Bronne.
Bruce Dresser, Personnel Manager
Bruce is our principal trumpet player and assists the local middle school bands. He has an infectious laugh and loves to ride his bike.
He enjoys arranging music for brass ensembles, and has a dog named Berlioz.
Anastasia comes to Rogue Valley Symphony with a diverse background in performing and visual arts. She has worked in arts administration for Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Most recently Anastasia has worked as a movement therapist for young adults with Cerebral Palsy, helping them to integrate their movement patterns, gain confidence, and become more independent. She just completed directing a film about her work, “Beyond Expectations” before moving from Portland Oregon to the Rogue Valley with her family. Anastasia is also co-writing a play, “Beloved: a story of love and loss”, with Portland writer, Monica Welty.
Anastasia loves poetry, yoga, pilates, being outdoors in all seasons, and a good Cesar salad. The Rogue Valley promises to be a wonderful place for all of these things.
Kristin Kessler, Patron and Marketing Services Administrator
Kristin is an amazing baker (who knew it was Gluten Free!) and an avid reader.
She also plays the oboe in the symphony and has a dog named Snickers.
Will Scharen, Executive Assistant and Orchestra Librarian
Will brings several years of experience in orchestra operations to his position with the Rogue Valley Symphony. He has held positions as librarian and personnel manager for the Wyoming Symphony and as librarian for the Boulder (CO) Philharmonic. An avid mountain biker, Will can often be found on the trails around our valley. In his spare time, he builds bicycle frames by hand in his home shop.
Will plays trombone with the orchestra and has a black and white cat named Chloe.