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About Katie A. Berglof

Katie A. Berglof

Katie Berglof is a musician injury consultant & coach, an arts leader and administrator, an HR professional, and a former music educator and horn player. 

As a musician injury consultant & coach to brass players, she provides guidance, resources, referrals, advice on recovery, and health information. She has given webinars, lectures, and presentations over musician's dystonia and TMJ, and has been included in others dissertations, research, musician health projects, and has served on health panels.

Katie earned her bachelors in music on horn from the University of Northern Iowa. During her undergraduate studies she also attended the University of Northern Colorado. She started experiencing Focal Task-Specific Embouchure Dystonia symptoms in 2009 and later diagnosed in 2011. She went on to pursue graduate studies in instrumental music education at the University of Colorado Boulder leading to a teaching career in 2015. 

During her time living in Denver Colorado she also gained experience working in arts administration; first as a Program Assistant for El Sistema Colorado, and then at the University of Denver Newman Performing Arts Center as a Music Outreach & Education Program Assistant.

While Katie lived in Colorado she became an outspoken advocate for musicians dystonia awareness by starting her blog Living with Embouchure Dystonia where viewers followed her documented journal and recovery process. Her blog eventually turned into a YouTube channel, this current website, and her Brass Injury & Embouchure Support website. 

In 2020 she founding Musician's Dystonia & Injury Live Talk, and also created several support groups online.

With a determination to continue making a difference in the classical music field and musician's lives, in 2021, she enrolled in an MFA degree program in Arts Leadership at Seattle University, while also interning in Development Operations at the Seattle Symphony.

In May of 2022 she was hired onto the Seattle Symphony as their Office Administrator in People & Culture. During her time with the SSO she has served as Interim Executive Assistant to the CEO & President, COVID Coordinator, Office Assistant.

While working in the department of People & Culture, she found a passion for DEI and HR/P&C leadership. 
Katie moved on to pursue HR so that she could get her professional certification and gain more experience in people management & leadership. She is certified in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), and has earned professional development credits in HR. She is a passionate advocate for DEI in classical music and orchestras. Her goal is to become an HR/P&C/DEI Consultant or Leader in the classical music sector either as a director, coach, or chief of staff.

Katie has been an Advisory Council Member at Arts Education Partnership (AEP), and a Young Professionals Committee member at the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), and interned as an Executive Assistant in Marketing for a chamber music organization called Byron Schenkman & Friends (now called Sound Salon). 

Katie was a finalist for the Assistant General Manager position of the International Women's Brass Conference (IWBC) in May of 2023, and a finalist for the International Horn Society's (IHS) Assistant to the Executive Director position in 2024. 

Katie is currently a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association and has passed the PAMA and Sports Medicine Health Association's Essentials in Performance Art Health Certification. She is a member of the League of American Orchestras (LOAO), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP), Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), and the International Horn Society (IHS). She has been a former member of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME).

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