Kimberly Foster, Viola. MM Yale, Cert. Applied Positive Psychology, Educator, Entrepreneur.
Known for her rich, emotionally provocative viola tone and effortless performance technique, Kim Foster enjoys a varied musical career through orchestral, chamber and solo performing in the US and abroad. Born to a non-musical family in the Willamette Valley, Oregon she was first exposed to music through the Phil Donohue show at age 4 when she decided, on the spot, that playing a string instrument was what she was meant to do. In addition to Kim’s aforementioned professional personal performances her span of musical influence includes teaching K-12 students and college conservatory players while also coaching adult amateur musicians. Being passionate about helping aspiring musicians to meet their potential, Kim’s entrepreneurial focus is on Education. She had previously created a community music school in NJ and most recently founded Precision Musician, an online course community for teachers and amateurs. This course: ‘Developing Pulse and Rhythm’, teaches students to feel inner pulse and perform rhythm accurately in both solo and group settings.
Kim is the first classical musician to become a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner. Her deep interest and belief in the theories of positive psychology/neuropsychology fuels research and interests to help others to achieve Personal Peak Performance—how to develop awareness and skills that support wellbeing and inner balance sharing Peak performance topics for artists. She has delivered workshops and lectures in Personal Peak Performance and creative entrepreneurial projects to students of the Juilliard School, the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, and through the Mannes extension division.
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; a performance of the Rebecca Clarke Sonata for the Yale School of Music Alumni Reunion; a regional house concert tour with performances throughout the Tri-state and Mid-Atlantic regions of the East Coast, and a new collaboration combining the art of pole dance with classical music and improvisation.
For further personal enrichment, Kim is an avid reader of non-fiction, enjoys horseback riding in the hunter jumper style and practices yoga and mindfulness meditation. She also enjoys technology: creating websites, developing social media strategies, sewing and quilting.
Kim plays a Flemish instrument from 1750 by Pierre Boom and a bow by Emile A. Ouchard from the 1920’s.