Meet Kyra Droog

Meet Kyra Droog

Kyra Droog
Project and Communications Assistant

If you had to describe what you do in one sentence, what would you say?

For the capital campaign, I work predominantly on the communications and marketing, as well as set up meetings and take on other administrative tasks; outside of the capital campaign, I write grants and support projects like our upcoming Evolution of the Arts in a Digital World symposium. 

What does a day at the office look like for you?

Every day is different, which is one of the things I love about my job. I could do anything from writing a grant to setting up and attending a variety of meetings to running tours through the building. I also support initiatives like our Young Leadership Council and provide general organizational support.

What’s the best thing you get to do each day at work?

Share the magic and the story of the Winspear Centre and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Everything that happens here has such an incredible impact on our community, sometimes in large ways and sometimes in small. There are so many incredible stories of the many ways that music brings joy to the community; getting to learn about and share those stories is without question the best part of my job.

Outside of work, how do you spend your time?

I love being busy, so I am always finding something new to do. I love to read, write, and edit, so lots of my time is dedicated to that in a variety of ways, including writing and editing for a local MacEwan University anthology, The Bolo Tie Collective. I will soon be teaching group fitness classes, so I spend time planning exciting, entertaining, and fun ways to keep my participants active. Spending time at home drinking tea and playing with my kittens is a great way to rewind after an incredible day of work.

When somebody asks you about the Winspear Project, what’s the first thing you will tell them? Why is that important to you?

The Winspear Project is being created for the community. There are so many ways in which the community will be featured in this new space, and that’s definitely what excites me the most. The Winspear will be open and accessible, which means it’s another place for people to meet, spend time, and celebrate music. There will be exciting ways for the community to interact with music: through our new interactive discovery zones, our new performance space, and our added programming space which will allow for more learning opportunities. In essence, it’s all about the amazing new ways to connect the community to music.

What makes you want to support this project?

I believe in the power of music to change lives. Music has had a huge impact on my life since I was young, and has inevitably helped shape me as an individual. I know that the Winspear Project will allow the Winspear Centre and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra to reach a larger audience and impact a wider variety of people, whether it’s through concerts, programming, or the openness and accessibility of the new space.