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Artistic Director
Mina Kim

Mina Kim, hailed as a “spirited conductor” by Brooklyn Discovery, currently serves as the Director of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. For the 2021-2022 season, along with her PSO directorship, Ms. Kim performed a spectrum of symphonic works, including a special request from Joshua Bell to rehearse Thomas de Hartmann’s Violin Concerto in the Performing Arts Center. She has also been invited to conduct The Chappaqua Orchestra and the Area All-State Symphony Orchestra/WSCMA as the Guest Conductor.Ms. Kim previously served as the Assistant Conductor of the Mannes American Contemporary Ensemble and was the Chorus Master and Opera Coach of The Mannes Opera during the 2015-2018 seasons.

As an active concert and collaborative pianist, vocal coach and chamber musician, Ms. Kim’s piano
highlights include performances with the Savaria Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Busan Philharmonic, Purchase Symphony Orchestra, and a New York City debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall after receiving the Artist International’s "Special Presentation Award". Ms. Kim has participated in renowned music festivals including the Vienna Music Seminar in Austria and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine. She has also been an opera coach for Classic Lyric Arts in France and Italy since 2017.

Ms. Kim earned a B.M. at Busan National University in South Korea, an M.M. and an Artist Diploma at Purchase College in Piano Performance, a Professional Studies Diploma in Vocal Collaborative Piano from Mannes School of Music where she was awarded the Newton Swift Award. Ms. Kim also studied Orchestral Conducting with David Hayes as the recipient of the President’s Scholarship Award at the Mannes School of Music.

Since 2006, Ms. Kim has been a member of the faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College where she enjoys lecturing and is a coach and mentor to many music students.


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Marisa Bettina is a dynamic violinist, violist, and music teacher in the Hudson Valley. A proponent of the liberal arts, Marisa received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Italian from Vassar College, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and studied violin under the tutelage of Betty-Jean Hagen. Marisa obtained her Master of Music in Music Education degree at Boston University and is currently an orchestra teacher in the Arlington Central School District. Marisa is passionate about connecting with people through the arts, and in addition to performing with the Woodstock Symphony Orchestra, Marisa regularly performs with the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Appassionata Players, and the Dorian String Quartet. Marisa has also performed live with singer-songwriter Tim Haufe at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY, as the violinist on his album What Came Next, and with indie rock band Beirut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Associate Concertmaster
Marisa Bettina

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