With a background steeped in many years of music performance and non-profit employment and volunteerism, Renée Zimmerman could not pass up the opportunity to bring those elements together in service of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, as the organization’s Administrative Assistant.
Renée has been a member of several school and community choral groups since her youth. Graduating from Centralia High School, she lettered in Choral Music and participated in All State Choir. Renée completed her degree with a music emphasis at Centralia College under the direction of Dr. Donna Huffman, and was a founding member of the Olympia-based a capella group, Off Boulevard.
Renée heralds from a family of classical music enthusiasts and performers. Her mother preceded her as a vocalist in the high school's choral department, while her percussionist husband and bassoonist father-in-law performed several seasons with the Northwest Wind Symphony. Her older son is beginning violin this year. And as a family, they actively seek out venues to support and participate in local musical opportunities.
From Centralia College’s Public Relations Office to Briggs Community YMCA and Church of Living Water, Renée’s professional experience incorporates a wide swath of administrative, promotional, and logistical skills utilized for non-profit projects, spanning local and regional programs and events.
During her time away from the workplace, Renée maintained her skills and community involvement through several volunteer positions. While a member of the Tumwater Parks Board, she was the Board’s representative with the PARC Foundation. As her children grew, so did her involvement with Mothers of Preschoolers, leading to stints as Publicity Leader and Group Coordinator. Currently, Renée serves as the Committee Chair for Cub Scout Pack 250, where her husband and boys are also active participants.
When not tending to Symphony duties, Renee enjoys reading, gardening, being creative, and traveling/camping/exploring with her family.