JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 After a nationwide search, the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) Board of Directors announced the appointment of Emma Kail as GTMF\u2019s new executive director, replacing interim ED Simon Woods. Kail joins GTMF with long experience both as a musician and as an administrative leader in major classical music organizations across the U.S. GTMF board chairs Barbara McCelvey and John Costello commented, \u201cWe are thrilled Emma is joining the GTMF family. She is a charismatic and strategic leader with a strong track record across all aspects of symphony orchestras. She and her family will be a great addition to the Jackson community.\u201d \u201cEmma enjoys an enviable reputation in the orchestral world. Her background and her long experience working with musicians make her decision to join Grand Teton Music Festival extremely exciting,\u201d added music director Donald Runnicles. \u201cHer vision and enthusiasm for our festival and community are palpable, and I look forward enormously to our collaboration.\u201d Kail has a strong background in music performance. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, she studied trumpet performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music before earning her master\u2019s degree in music at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Michael Sachs. She also pursued an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Her early career included administrative positions at the Grant Park Music Festival, Omaha Symphony, and the University of Chicago, and she was a member of the 2007-08 cohort of Orchestra Management Fellows of the League of American Orchestras. Upon joining the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as the director of artistic administration, she was the chief creative partner to music and executive directors in developing artistic plans to support the institution\u2019s vision and community relevance. \u201cThe path I see for GTMF involves the organization engaging with the community and redoubling a commitment to partnerships and artistic excellence,\u201d Kail said. \u201cA cultural institution\u2019s artists, staff, and patrons all need each other to best serve the community and mission, and it\u2019s clear that the connection between our musicians, Donald Runnicles, board members and supporters runs very deep. The potential for the Festival to sustain and grow its reach is tremendous, and I am honored to be tasked with the responsibility of stewarding it into the next era.\u201d Emma Kail officially begins her work with Grand Teton Music Festival on September 1, immediately following Woods\u2019 departure. Kail will move to Jackson Hole with her husband, Jeffrey, their two young sons James and Charles, and their cat, Ninja.