Ms. Kimmel serves as Assistant to the Artistic Director and is a resident artist of Sierra Music Society’s performing arts ensemble, P’Opera! as well as SierrAcappella. She has been a resident artist with Nevada Opera since 1980, having performed principal and comprimario roles as well as singing in the Nevada Opera Chorus. She has been assistant director and director for many Nevada Opera productions. Ms. Kimmel also previously served as Theatrical Director for Skyfire, a musical/dance/theater company for high school students in the Reno area. She also co-directed a program for teenage boys and girls “at risk”, at China Springs and Aurora Pines Youth Camps in Northern Nevada for six years. For eight years, Ms. Kimmel directed the award winning Nevada Opera Education and Outreach program, Nevada Opera Studio, which shared the joy of opera with up to 18,000 children annually, in rural Nevada schools, as well as schools in the Reno-Tahoe, and Las Vegas urban and rural areas. She was awarded the Silver Star Award, for her contribution to education and her work with the Nevada Opera Studio, by “Truckee Meadows Tomorrow”. She is a long-time resident of Reno.