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Kristi Holstein was born in Charleston, West Virginia and began playing violin at the age of 7. Her private studies began at the age of 13 with West Virginia Symphony musician Margie Cooper, wife of Maestro Grant Cooper. She received her Bachelor of Degree, Summa Cum Laude, from West Virginia University and her Master of Music Degree from University of Texas at Arlington. A member of the American String Teachers Association, Nation Association for Music Educators, American Chamber Music Society, and Society of Music Theory, she 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 and 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.