Bettina Swigger has been a public radio superfan since she was a small child. She spent the first 16 years of her life in Albuquerque, New Mexico, listening to KUNM, where she developed a love of reading, writing, music and the arts (and Hatch green chile). Bettina spent her gap year living in Durango, Colorado, where she volunteered at KDUR. In 1998, she moved to Colorado Springs to attend Colorado College and she began her career in arts administration there stage managing the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, a pre-professional training program for college-aged musicians. Also in college she founded and lived in the High Life House, an underground venue whose basement hosted hundreds of touring punk and indie bands. Bettina loves all music and embraces extremes of the spectrums.
After graduating from college with a degree in Comparative Literature, Bettina acted as manager of the Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts from 2003-2007. During her tenure as manager of the Festival of the Arts, Bettina formed new collaborations, embraced interdisciplinary arts partnerships, and cemented new community efforts. As a musician (she considers herself a rank amateur), she has played viola in community orchestras, string quartets and rock’n’roll bands. She coordinated a Colorado Springs citywide celebration of Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006, which included the installation of a permanent mural celebrating Mozart in downtown Colorado Springs. Bettina served as the first executive director of COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. While she was there, she curated a local music showcase CD and performance series called The Sounds of the Pikes Peak Region in collaboration with KRCC.
Bettina moved to San Luis Obispo to become executive director of Festival Mozaic in 2011, where she works with Music Director Scott Yoo to design and develop orchestral, chamber, fringe and educational programs featuring an array of exemplary visiting artists in venues all over San Luis Obispo County. She was voted one of the Top 20 under 40 by the SLO Tribune in 2012 and she serves on the boards of Arts Obispo and Leadership San Luis Obispo.
You can find Bettina at concerts and performing arts events all around the Central Coast or at the beach with her dog, Annyong. She is really, really excited to be hosting KCBX In Concert. Really. She would like to be Nina Totenberg when she grows up.