We welcome Shira Kahan to our team as our new (and first!) Promotions and Production Coordinator.

A few things about Shira:

Hometown: Washington, DC

Favorite type of music (besides classical, of course) : Musical Theater

Hidden Talent : Curing hiccups

Musical instruments Shira has played in her lifetime (as an amateur) : violin, piano, ukulele

Favorite/Least Favorite Hike in Sitka : Bear Lake / Gavan Hill

Shira arrived to Sitka only 7 months ago and quickly fell in love with the city and bevy of nonprofit organizations that create incredible community on the island. For the Sitka Summer Music Festival, Shira will be managing all of our promotional efforts plus helping with event coordination in many ways – most notably as our volunteer coordinator and house manager. Adding a full-time position to the Festival’s staff has been a goal of the board and administration for many years. We’d like to publicly thank Sharon Davies for $50,000 over the next two years to help us take the leap and add another professional position to our team.

Shira says, “I am thrilled to be part of the SSMF team and honored to help the organization grow. In the months ahead, I look forward to increasing the social media presence of the organization. I can’t wait to meet all the musicians and the incredible patrons of the SSMF community. It’s been a huge transition coming to Sitka, but I’m (almost) used to the rain and loving the adventure!”