Meet our Calgary Performing Arts Festival TEAM
Young-Mi Kwon – Executive Director
Young-Mi comes to the Festival with a background in classical music and leadership in various profit and non profit organizations. She also has a performance background. Growing up in Winnipeg, she was a participant in the Manitoba Music Festival. She also has performed across North America and Europe, including Carnegie Hall in New York. Young-Mi graduated with a BA in Music performance (violin major, piano minor) from Southern College in TN and was accepted into a Masters program at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Due to a serious wrist injury, her musical days were cut short. However, through a shift in her career path, she moved into non-profit management. Young-Mi has held senior roles with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic orchestra as well as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, Prairies Region. When she is not at work at CPAF, Young-Mi participates in marathons and most recently, half ironman triathlons.
Janice Hodgins – Festival Assistant
Janice has lived in Calgary from a very young age. She married her childhood sweetheart and has raised two beautiful young men. Being a grandparent now she experiences the joy of childhood through younger eyes and loves watching how young people develop. She retired from the Oil & Gas industry in 2008 and in the fall of 2011 she came to work at CPAF (Known at that time as Kiwanis Music Festival) bringing her knowledge of computer and organizational skills to the Festival. She enjoys the exposure to the different sounds and creative performances that come from the arts. She looks forward to the Festival year after year as her friendships developed in the office and throughout the Festival are treasured.
Laura Gillespie – Festival & Registration Coordinator
Laura is relatively new to Calgary. She grew up in Camrose, studied theatre in Rosebud, and spent the first decade of her adult life moving several times a year (often for work!). As a past participant of the Camrose Music Festival – piano, choirs, bands – Laura knows what wonderful opportunities a festival can provide and she is thrilled to be working with the Calgary Performing Arts Festival. Theatre Credits Include: Gifts of the Magi, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Bright Star (Rosebud Theatre); Bitches & Money (Northern Light Theatre). Film Credits Include: The Red Herring (Short), Delivery (Short), Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania. Writing Credits Include: Someplace (3.14 Productions).
When she’s not working, Laura likes to spend her time traveling, reading, hiking and is currently planning for her upcoming wedding.
Corrie-Ann Cardiff – Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator
Corrie-Ann has lived in Calgary all her life and greatly enjoys the vibrancy and culture that this city has to offer. At a very young age her parents showed her how to give back to the community by bringing her to blood donation clinics, she couldn’t wait to grow up and help out too! While growing up in Calgary she engaged in a number of different volunteer positions including: the Mother’s Day Run and Walk, the Neon Run, youth groups at the YWCA and educational assistant with the Science Center; and yes, even a few blood donations. In fact, she loves volunteering so much, that her first experience with the CPAF was volunteering at the three concerts held in March of 2018. She brings her previous knowledge of volunteer administration and coordination from her volunteer position with the Run for Water to the CPAF. In her spare time, she enjoys art in a variety of forms from being a DIY crafter, budding writer, hobbyist painter as well as an amateur tea enthusiast.