Kim Gilmore joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2005. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, she began her musical career as a pianist-turned-tuba player completing her undergraduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. Upon graduation, she was accepted with full scholarship to the performance diploma programme at The Juilliard School in New York where she studied with the inimitable Don Harry.
Kim returned to Canada to marry and take up the tuba position with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra where she also worked as librarian, personnel manager, and eventually Director of Operations in addition to teaching at Lakehead University’s School of Music. While raising her two young boys, she returned to school at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she completed a Master of Music degree.
Kim has performed throughout Ontario and across Canada: symphony and chamber music, theatre orchestras and marching bands, as bass trombone in swing bands—you name it, she has played it! Her greatest musical moments include playing Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique under Charles Dutoit and on the TSO Live recording of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring conducted by Peter Oundjian.
In 2005, Kim moved to the Greater Toronto Area with her family to join the freelance scene and to enhance the TSO library efforts on an interim basis. Now the permanent “other” librarian, Kim enjoys maintaining the fine balance between home and her professional career as both an orchestral librarian and musician.
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