2020 - 2021 Board of Directors


Nathan Rogers, President

Mary Beth Woodruff, Artistic Director

Betty Segui Wenzel, Treasurer

Rebecca Ball

Alita Rhodes

Allyson Ross

Christopher Elstner

Frauke Wittmer-Grant 


Pilar Montes, Director of Operations

The Board of Directors of Santa Barbara Strings is led by President Nathan Rogers and includes Ms. Woodruff, as well as  Betty Wenzel, Rebecca Ball, Alita Rhodes, Allyson Ross, Christopher Elstner and Frauke Wittmer-Grant .


The Advisory Board of Santa Barbara Strings includes Julia Bushkova, violinist, The University of North Texas; Andres Cardenes, Concertmaster-Emeritus of the Pittsburgh Symphony; NancyBell Coe, Past President of the Music Academy of the West; John Harbison, Pulitzer-Prize winning composer, Suzy Perelman, violinist, Suzuki Master Teacher; Xochti Tafoya, former Director of the iCan Music Program of Santa Barbara, and Basil Vendryes, Principal Violist of the Colorado Symphony.


Santa Barbara Strings provides comprehensive training for musicians from kindergarten through high school in three progressive levels of string orchestras, traditional music, and chamber ensembles. Open to all students, Santa Barbara Strings aims to inspire life-long understanding and appreciation of classical music of all eras.


Santa Barbara Strings students are nurtured by mentors in weekly ensemble rehearsals throughout the school year, and may participate in a Chamber Music Program, including piano and string ensembles, as well as a Fiddle-Mandolin Ensemble. 


Students also participate in music enrichment and educational events offered by Santa Barbara Strings and in partnership with UCSB Arts & Lectures, the Community Arts Music Association (CAMA), and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Events include masterclasses and free attendance at professional rehearsals and performances.


Artistic Director Mary Beth Woodruff founded Santa Barbara Strings in 2009 to provide an accessible string-focused program for the Central Coast. Currently 60-70 students from both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties participate in multiple ensembles. Santa Barbara Strings is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that maintains a roster of teaching artists and a part-time operations director.


Santa Barbara Strings ensembles are presented in two major concerts each season. Students also perform for local schools, non-profit organizations, and retirement residences. Each student is evaluated by audition and placed into an ensemble with their peers.


Scholarships are available for students with financial need, funded by generous individual and foundation donors.


For information about the programs, tuition, scholarship assistance, performance dates, making a donation and more, please visit santabarbarastrings.org or email sbstrings@gmail.com