Kim Corben joined the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014. She has led the organization through a period of growth and expansion that continues today. Under her administration, the Phil has added to its concert offerings, furthered its educational mission within the community, and reinvested its resources for future generations. She has been a long-time advocate for the arts and is particularly earnest about creating collaborations and partnerships within the arts and business communities.
Kim's passion and advocacy for the arts began over 35 years ago in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she worked her way from usher at a performing arts center to ticket manager for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Kim relocated to Massachusetts to serve as box office manager for the North Shore Music Theatre. She then served as senior development associate for The New England Home for Little Wanderers, where she was responsible for sourcing funds for the non-profit child welfare agency. While raising her children, Kim volunteered at the South Shore Arts Collaborative and Federal Furnace Elementary School coordinating their arts and enrichment programs.
Corben served at assistant director of development at the living history museum, Plimoth Plantation, and eventually assumed responsibility for the annual fund and membership drive.
In 2011, Kim returned to the world of music as associate director of development and then director of concert and event operations at the Cape Cod Symphony and Conservatory of Music & Arts in Hyannis. In this latter role, Corben managed 29 events and concerts a year.
The 2021-2022 season marks the beginning of Kim Corben’s eighth season as executive director of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. She is an active member of the Plymouth community, serving in advisory and advocacy roles within the cultural district and the South Shore, and is an online contributor through her blog.
Kim attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Beyond the concert hall, Kim enjoys traveling with her family. She and her husband, Simon Corben, live in Plymouth where they raised their two children.