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Kimberly Foster, MM Yale University.


Violist, Educator and Professional Life Coach Kim Foster inspires clients and audiences to explore making connections between culture, community and current day issues through music. Her work sparks curiosity, awakens awareness and facilitates creative thinking through coaching groups and individuals, presenting talks and lectures, and performing multidisciplinary art music projects throughout New York City and the East Coast.  

Orchestrally, Kim served as Principal Viola of the Allentown Symphony in PA; Acting Assistant Principal Viola of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and as a substitute with The Minnesota Orchestra, The Minnesota Opera and the New Jersey Symphony.  She has also contributed to recordings for TV (‘The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’), Film (Netflix ‘Under the Shadow of the Moon’) and several video game soundtracks.

Adding to her broad professional experiences, Kim enjoys regular chamber music collaborations with members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra of NY and is a frequent guest artist with the Alaria Chamber Ensemble for their series at Weill Recital Hall. In 2017, she performed the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with renowned violinist Shlomo Mintz in Port Washington, NY.  Kim is violist with Camerata Virtuosi NY—a group presenting curated chamber concerts in rural SW Virginia each spring. 

Highlights for the 2019/2020 season include serving as Principal Viola for the Glens Falls Symphony in upstate NY, and a performance of the Rebecca Clarke Sonata for the Yale School of Music Alumni Reunion in New Haven. 

Certified in Positive Psychology in 2012 and as a Professional Positive Psychology based Life Coach in 2020, Kim’s coaching practice centers on helping professional musicians find greater joy and life satisfaction through their work.  Her passion for helping musicians stems from her own personal journey of finding creative and professional satisfaction within her own career.  Kim is a member of the ICF and is currently working toward her PCC level coaching credential.

Kim plays a Flemish instrument from 1750 by Pierre Boom and a bow by Emile A. Ouchard from the 1920’s.

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