ABOUT KATIE BERGLOF (Short Bio)
Hailing from the midwest, Katie identifies as Latin-Scandinavian descent. She was adopted along with her identical twin sister as newborn infants from El Salvador during the 1984 civil war. They were raised in the tiny town of Sherwood, North Dakota on a small rural farm from 1984-1999. Her adoptive mothers side of the family immigrated from Flåmsdalen valley in Norway, and her father's side from Sweden; thus the Scandinavian heritage. Katie is proud of all three of her backgrounds/roots that make up her heritage.
She started learning piano at the age of four, studied classical guitar at age twelve, and violin at age fourteen.
Her family moved to Carroll Iowa from 1999-2002, where she started learning the French horn at age fifteen and received music instruction from Dr. Frederick Burrack. During this time she continued jazz guitar instruction as well.
Katie's undergraduate career was unorthodox, challenging, and she experienced many hardships and financial limitations. However, she learned a great deal of knowledge and perspectives from her journey which gave her the thorough insight and understanding of the music profession she has today.
She began her studies in music performance on French horn in 2002 at Morningside College in Iowa and left to fulfill an associate principal horn position at the Bismarck Symphony in 2004. She returned to her collegiate music performance studies at the University of Northern Colorado in 2005, and finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Iowa in 2010.
Katie's primary professors were Dr. Yu-ting Su, Dr. Thomas Tritle, Marian Hesse, Dr. Thomas Porter, and Dr. Michael Berger. She also received valuable feedback, guidance, and instruction from Dale Clevenger, Thomas Jostlein, Bill Caballero, Elizabeth Freimuth, Michael Thompson, Jeff Agrell, David Thompson, John Ericson, John Cerminaro, Kaz Machala, and The Four Hornsmen.
After focal embouchure dystonia diagnosis in 2011, she went on to pursue graduate school at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013 in Music Education K-12/instrumental emphasis. Her teaching career lead to working with El Sistema Colorado, the Denver Public School district, and Douglas County from 2015-2019. She also taught private instrumental instruction throughout the Denver metro area at several music businesses and had her own private studio.
She additionally served as El Sistema's program assistant and went on to become education assistant at the University of Denver Neman Performing Arts Center in community outreach and engagement in 2019.
On her musician dystonia and injury advocacy: Katie started her blog "Living with Embouchure Dystonia" back in 2011; it thoroughly documented her progress throughout recovery spanning a decade. She shares resources, research articles, case studies, and valuable information on various brass performance-related injuries. She now hosts a live stream series called "Musicians Dystonia & Injury Live Talk".
Katie also coordinates support groups when can, and proactive about performance art health and education. She actively participates in ongoing research studies. It is her goal to raise awareness about FTSED, provide guidance and hope, to collaborate with other musicians who are passionate about musicians health, to bring communities together, bridge gaps, and create more inclusivity for musicians facing dystonia and/or injuries.
Katie has overcome many trials and tribulations throughout life; not just focal dystonia, but complex post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorder; and major physical health setbacks/surgeries. She cares deeply about helping others who have been in the same boat; experiencing major life setbacks in career, health, and/or personal life - those who have struggled to accomplish their dreams in life, and/or who have experienced trauma on a long-term basis.
In early 2020, Katie moved to Centralia, Washington and played in a brass quintet (Hilltop Brass) and a local orchestra (Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra) alongside her family (twin sister and brother-in-law, both trumpet players).
She moved to Seattle in 2021 to pursue an MFA in nonprofit arts leadership with an emphasis in fundraising. She works for the Seattle Symphony Office Administration in People & Culture, and hoping to also pursue health courses/certification when she has time.
It is her goal to be a founder and executive director of a performance art health organization someday; to collaborate/partner in making future arts organization or foundations that are needed; and continue supporting existing ones.
She has served on the Arts Education Partnership Advisory Council as a graduate student, completed practicum with the chamber music organization called Byron Schenkman & Friends as an Executive Assistant, interned with the Seattle Symphony Development Operations, and now an Office Administrator with the SSO in People and Culture.
Katie is a member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, the National Organization for Arts in Health, International Horn Society, the Performance Arts Medicine Association (part of the PAMA Young Professionals Committee, and passed the PAMA & Sports Medicine Health Association Essentials Course on Performance Art Health). She has formerly been a member of the National Association for Music Educators.