Santa Barbara Symphony appoints Kristine Pacheco-Bernt as director of music education

Posted on: October 7, 2020

KRISTINE PACHECO-BERNT has been named director of music education at California’s Santa Barbara Symphony, which provides music programming to over 10,000 children in Santa Barbara County. Pacheco-Bernt is a professional violinist, arts administrator, and music educator. Prior to her work at the Santa Barbara Symphony, Pacheco-Bernt served as a teaching artist at the Children’s Art Network (iCAN) music program, an El Sistema-inspired initiative in Santa Barbara offering free after-school music classes and academic enrichment to 120 elementary school children from an underserved community. She holds a master’s degree in violin performance from San Francisco State University and dual bachelor’s degrees in music and premedical studies from the University of California Berkeley. She maintains a private violin studio and performs regularly with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and Santa Maria Philharmonic.