The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has added two new staffers. Katherine Palmer has been appointed Senior Director of Education and Community Engagement, and Ed Schulte has joined the museum as Director of Facilities.
Prior to joining the museum, Palmer most recently held the position of Curator of Education at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. She holds a doctor of musical arts degree, a master of arts in ethnomusicology and a master of music from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.
In her new role, Palmer will oversee the cultural institution’s educational offerings for school, family, community and volunteer and intern populations, encompassing over 1,200 programs that serve more than 120,000 people annually. She manages the Taylor Swift Education Center, which includes three classrooms, interactive galleries and distance learning studios. Palmer also supports the museum’s education council, which is composed of board members and community experts in education, music and equity initiatives, who advise on programming in service to diverse audiences.
Schulte formerly worked as Director of Facilities for Nickelodeon Studios Orlando and most recently served in the same role at the Nashville Zoo since 2018. He brings over 35 years of facilities management experience to the museum. In his new role, he will oversee operating systems for the museum’s more than 350,000-square-foot building, which houses gallery and collection storage spaces, retail and restaurant establishments and event and office facilities. His management oversight includes maintenance and facility improvements for the institution and its systems, including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and more.
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