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

Now in its 71st year, The Santa Barbara Symphony delivers artistic excellence, outstanding music education stewardship and programming, and community collaboration – all through symphonic music. Under the artistic leadership of Maestro Nir Kabaretti as Music & Artistic Director since 2006, The Symphony is one of the region’s premier cultural institutions. Through his charismatic leadership, this globally admired conductor and Santa Barbara resident invigorates audiences and musicians alike through his passion, creativity, and vast experience. As the only music education program tied to a professional symphony orchestra in the region, The Symphony serves more than 4,000 students annually throughout Santa Barbara County. While The Symphony continues to evolve, bringing joy, engagement, and connection remain steadfast pillars of its mission and were evident in the organization’s ability to thrive during the pandemic including the historic announcement that board chair Janet Garufis and President & CEO Kathryn R Martin join Nir Kabaretti in making a five-year commitment to serve in their roles. For more information, visit

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