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Kristi Holstein was born in Charleston, West Virginia and began playing violin at age seven. Her private studies began at age thirteen with West Virginia Symphony musician, Margie Cooper, wife of Maestro Grant Cooper. She received her BA, Summa Cum Laude, from West Virginia University and her Master of Music Degree from University of Texas, Arlington. A member of the American String Teachers Association, National Association for Music Educators, American Chamber Music Society, and Society of Music Theory, Kristi is currently a teaching artist with BRAVO!, Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Strings, and Santa Barbara County Schools. She holds orchestral positions with the American Youth Symphony and the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles. She also regularly performs with the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society, Lompoc POPS Orchestra, Opera San Luis Obispo, and is a founding member of the Folk Orchestra of Santa Barbara. She is an active chamber musician and maintains a private violin and viola studio in Santa Barbara.