Katie Smith, Executive Director
Katie Smith was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra in Paducah, Kentucky January 2017. Smith has over ten years experience in both the classical and commercial music industry. Organizations she has worked for include, San Juan Symphony (CO), Music in the Mountains (CO), Durango Songwriters Expo (CO and CA) and the Tennessee Soybean Festival (TN). Smith has also worked in Higher Education at Fort Lewis College (CO) and at the University of Tennessee at Martin (TN). Smith brings with her extensive background in organizational structure and development, streamlining processes through leveraging the use of technology, event planning, and program design and development. Success stories include reducing costs to organizations by as much as 50% through reorganization of established processes and introducing the use of new technology. For the Tennessee Soybean Festival, attendance of first-time patrons doubled in one year at the annual Guitar as Art Contest and Exhibition event. Smith is originally from Oakland, CA and has had the privilege of living in many locations across the United States and overseas including: Oregon, Colorado, Tennessee and American Samoa. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Clarinet Music Performance (2005) and completed a two year Professional Certificate program in Non-Profit Management (2015) at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.