Isabel Dickinson was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, playing the cello with the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony and attending the Music Academy of the West Merit Program. Ms. Dickinson attended college at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut where she received her bachelor’s degree in Music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology. While in college, Ms. Dickinson began working with arts organizations, writing grants and developing educational after school programs for middle and high school students. After graduating, Ms. Dickinson moved to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to teach music at an international school and volunteer as an English teacher in elementary school classrooms. Isabel then moved to Seattle to work with the administration of the Seattle Symphony in marketing and ticket sales. She then took a position in administration with the Santa Barbara Symphony working in marketing, education, administration, and operations. Back in Santa Barbara, Ms. Dickinson began as the cello coach for Santa Barbara Strings, assisted with the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, and taught cello lessons. Isabel joined the Music Academy of the West as the Interim Student Services Manager to support the 2016 summer festival and is excited to join the administration again for the 2017 summer festival. Ms. Dickinson’s interests include playing the cello, traveling, swimming, hiking, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.