ABOUT KATIE BERGLØF (Short Bio)

Katie Berglof CU-Boulder
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Katie is a former horn player, teacher, and arts administrator. Her origins are in the midwest. She was adopted from El Salvador (along with her identical twin sister who is also a brass musician) and raised in North Dakota from 1984-1999.

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 studies at the University of Northern Colorado in 2005, and finished her degree/graduated from 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 the following professionals: 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/music instrumental education K-12 at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013. 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 participant 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 currently resides in Washington state, plays in a brass quintet (Hilltop Brass) and local orchestra (Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra), pursuing her masters degree in nonprofit arts leadership at Seattle University, and serves on the Arts Education Partnership Advisory Council as a graduate student representative. She is also pursuing additional health courses/certification on the side.

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.

Katie is a member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, the Performance Arts Medicine Association (part of the PAMA Young Professionals Committee, and has passed the PAMA & Sports Medicine Health Association Essentials Course on Performance Art Health), and a member of the International Horn Society.

With Dale Clevenger
With Dale Clevenger

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With Bill Caballero
With Bill Caballero

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Alison Berglof - former 2nd Trumpet - Northwest Symphony Orchestra Seattle with Phil Dungey and Nata
Alison Berglof - former 2nd Trumpet - Northwest Symphony Orchestra Seattle with Phil Dungey and Nata

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With Dale Clevenger
With Dale Clevenger

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Conducting & Teaching Holst
Conducting & Teaching Holst

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ESC Katie Berglof Teacher
ESC Katie Berglof Teacher

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ESC pic 3

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Conducting & Teaching Holst
Conducting & Teaching Holst

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