Our Poco a Poco staff is made up of dedicated arts lovers who believe in our mission that high-quality arts opportunities, performances, and education should be accessible for all.
Kate Tombaugh, Executive Director and Founder
Mezzo-Soprano Kate Tombaugh, originally from Streator, Illinois, has sung professionally with Indianapolis Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Performance Santa Fe, the Paducah Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, and the Utah Symphony. She has trained as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Opera, as a Resident Artist with Utah Opera, and as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Additionally, she has been a Stern Fellow with the LA-based 'Songfest' and sang in the AIMS Opera Studio in Graz, Austria. She has been a two-time 3rd place winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions' Central Regional Finals. Additionally, she won the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition and the Grace Keagy award from the Kurt Weill Foundation.
Her roles have ranged from the title roles in Rossini's La Cenerentola, Handel's Ariodante, and Massenet's Cendrillon, 'Hansel' in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, 'Fanny Price' in Jonathan Dove's American premiere of Mansfield Park, to 'Annie Oakley' in Irving Berlin's Annie, Get your Gun, 'Carrie Pipperidge' in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, and 'Mad Margaret' in Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore.
Kate acts as producer and performer of her own one-woman show, 'It Just Takes One,' which has seen performances in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. She holds a masters in opera performance from CCM, the music conservatory at University of Cincinnati, and dual undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. She currently resides in Murray, KY with her husband, Dr. Steven Weimer, and their daughter.
Katie Weimer, Director of Marketing and Communications
Katie has been working in the marketing industry for small businesses, agencies, and non-profit organizations for the last 5+ years. Although she holds a degree in Design from Illinois State University, marketing in where Katie has found her niche. Other non-profit organizations she has recently been involved with include the Organizing Committee for ‘Green Fair On The Fox’ in Batavia, Illinois, and ‘Senior Home Sharing’ in Wheaton, Illinois. Currently, she holds the Marketing Coordinator position at the Round Lake Area Park District in Round Lake, Illinois, and serves on the Board of Directors at the Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Katie is over-the-moon to be taking on a new adventure with Poco a Poco, an organization very close to her heart.
Katie is very passionate about educating our young children in the arts and advocating for their prosperous futures. She also has a background in environmental sustainability, and, along with many other “Parkies,” she is passionate about protecting our public lands and parks. Her other passions include traveling, politics, reading, the great outdoors, gardening, mindfulness meditation, yoga, and good coffee. Currently, Katie finds herself balancing work and volunteer responsibilities with wedding planning! She and her fiancé, Ian, are tying the knot in September 2017.
Mike D'Ambrosio, Co-Chair of Finance
Mike D’Ambrosio is Associate Professor of Theory and Composition at Murray State University in Kentucky and has been there since fall 2008. He has held previous teaching positions at Jacksonville State University (AL), Oklahoma State University, University of Dayton, and Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He received his D.M.A. and M.M. degrees in music composition from CCM where he studied with Joel Hoffman and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (now at Eastman). Originally from Long Island, New York, Mike did his undergraduate work at Lehigh University where he double-majored in music and accounting.
Recent commissions include the Luther College Trumpet Ensemble, Celeste Johnson Frehner (University of Missouri-Kansas City), the Murray State University Wind Ensemble, Kentucky Center's Governor School for the Arts Faculty Quintet, and Larry Wyatt (Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina). Mike’s music has been performed by the Philadelphia Brass, Monarch Brass, Shepherd School Brass Choir (Rice University), Indiana University Brass Choir, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Wind Ensemble, and by soloists and chamber musicians throughout the United States. Mike’s music is published with C. Alan Publications, Potenza Music, Triplo Press, and Dorn Publications.
Dr. Steven Weimer, Board Member
Composer Steven Weimer’s music has been performed by the JACK Quartet, Molly Barth, Fear No Music Quartet, saxophonist Sean Xue, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Chamber Players, CCM Wind Ensemble, CCM Chamber Players, Café Momus, and many others. Performances of his work span from Alaska to Bulgaria, with premieres at festivals such as June in Buffalo, Forum-Festival Computer Music Space, North American Saxophone Alliance, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and the Music Theory and Musicology Society Conference. His recent commissions include works for the Kentucky Music Teachers Association, Vandoren, Inc., the CCM Orchestra Program, and tubist Timothy Northcut.
He has received first-place awards from the Eta Omicron chapter’s Phi Mu Alpha Composition Contest, the CCM Concerto/Composition Competition, and placed as a finalist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Marilyn Glick Young Composers Competition. Dr. Weimer has enjoyed recent collaborations with American poets in Cincinnati and California; his setting of Kathleen Winter’s Eve, Seducing the Apple will be published in the tenth anniversary edition ofthe Cincinnati Review.
He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Murray State University in Kentucky.