New Director of Operations and Patron Services Manager join Glacier Symphony 

The Glacier Symphony board announces that they have selected Ron Osterbauer as the new Director of Operations and Development.  Also joining the team in mid-March was Laura Kraft as Patron Services Manager. 

Osterbauer brings over 40 years of non-profit experience that has included positions as CEO, Executive Director and Development Director for various nonprofit organizations in Minnesota.  He began his career in environmental education, launching the nonprofit River Bend Nature Center as its first Executive Director in Faribault, Minnesota.  He later worked at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota where he led the efforts to launch national education programs with birds of prey through a partnership with Target as well as a national program to use satellite telemetry to track migration patterns of osprey through the support of Canon USA.  The Raptor Center was the first organization to have a live bald eagle ride in the 2000 Rosebowl Parade on a Target float featuring Amy Grant, with Ron handling the eagle!

Osterbauer has also worked for nonprofits in human services, restorative justice, integrative health and medicine as well as organizations providing legal services to low-income families.  He has been an adjunct professor for two Minnesota colleges teaching courses on Minnesota Wildflowers and Budgets and Finance.

Ron and his wife Peggy are relocating to the Flathead Valley to be near to their daughter Maggie, son-in-law Cooper and granddaughter Emma.  In his spare time Ron enjoys spending time in the outdoors fishing, hiking and doing bird banding as he is a federally licensed Master Bird Bander.

“I’m looking forward to working together with Music Director, John Zoltek, the staff and board to continue to build the Glacier Symphony into an even more effective musical organization,” he says adding that he looks forward to meeting supporters and developing new community relationships. Reach him via email at

Laura Kraft, who has been hired as the new Patron Services Manager, moved to the Flathead Valley last fall with her fiancé. Her role is to coordinate volunteers and help manage Symphony events and soirees. She comes with a background in museum exhibit development and anthropology. 

Raised in a historic camp in the beautiful Adirondack mountains of New York, Laura has always had a passion for culturally-rich and outdoor-loving communities, hence the move to this area. Music has been a constant in her life since childhood, thanks to her musical family. She grew up playing the French horn, attended a music camp as a teenager, and recently helped her fiancé bring his drum invention to market. She also loves to sing and is learning to play the ukulele.

“I’m very excited to make the Flathead Valley our long-term home, meet the members of the community, and work with such a great organization,” she adds. Reach Laura about volunteering with the Glacier Symphony at:

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