Santa Barbara Symphony Welcomes Violinist Steve Zander to its Board of Directors

The Santa Barbara Symphony welcomes Steve Zander to its Board of Directors in the role of Orchestra Committee Chair, Musician Liaison.

(October 8, 2021) Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara Symphony welcomes Steve Zander to its Board of Directors in the role of Orchestra Committee Chair, Musician Liaison. This appointment reflects the shared commitment of the entire organization to expand its community impact and deliver on the Symphony’s mission to bring joy, engagement, and connection through symphonic music.

Zander chairs the Orchestra Committee, which is comprised of fellow musicians Jon Lewis (Principal trumpet), Bethany Mennemeyer (violin), Dustin McKinney (trumpet), Eddie Meneses (Erik Rynearson (Principal viola), and Ina Veli (Assistant Concertmaster, violin). The Orchestra Committee represents the interests of the orchestra members, and was instrumental in navigating a myriad of atypical changes needed to bring to life our recent virtual season, as one of the only orchestras in the world to perform safely together. As a member of the Board of Directors, Zander adds a cohesive voice that contributes to the board’s leadership objectives.

Violinist Steve Zander joined the Santa Barbara Symphony in 2012 and can be heard on many motion picture soundtracks, including A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place II, Batman vs. Superman, and Logan . He has also performed with the Pasadena Symphony, New West Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and Pacific Symphony. and serves as the Associate Concertmaster of Opera Santa Barbara. Zander is also an avid distance runner and loves to spend his free time hiking and exploring remote places like Patagonia, New Zealand, and southern Utah. He lives in Malibu with his wife, Maia, and their dachshund mix, Winston.

“Our organization cherishes our members of the orchestra. Their perspective, leadership and partnership have been a key part of finding a path forward through the pandemic,” said President & CEO Kathryn R. Martin. “As we return to live performances this season, we all look forward to Steve’s participation, not only as chair of the Orchestra Committee but also as a longtime member of the Santa Barbara Symphony.”

About The Santa Barbara Symphony

A professional orchestra founded in 1953 on the belief that a special city deserves a special orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony is consistently lauded for its innovation, artistic excellence, commitment to delivering dynamic music education programs, and is widely recognized as one of the region’s premier cultural institutions. Under the artistic leadership of charismatic Israeli conductor and Santa Barbara resident, Nir Kabaretti, since his appointment in 2006, the Symphony is one of the few orchestras in the nation who found ways to bring the orchestra together for a full season of live broadcasts.  Its mission of bringing joy, engagement and connection to the community was amplified during the pandemic, when it was needed the most. As the only music education program tied to a Symphony orchestra in the region, its award-winning programs serve more than 10,000 students throughout Santa Barbara County each year. For additional information, visit

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