Karina Bharne, Executive DirectorSymphony Tacoma welcomed Karina in 2018. Experienced in all facets of orchestra administration, Karina’s previous role was interim executive director with the San Antonio Symphony where she successfully stabilized operations during a time of significant organizational change. Her roles at San Antonio Symphony also included vice president/general manager and director of orchestra personnel. Prior to San Antonio, Karina worked as the managing director of operations for the Goh Ballet in Vancouver, BC, and in a variety of roles with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. A trained musician, Karina earned her BFA in trombone performance and MAM in arts management from Carnegie Mellon University. In her free time, she enjoys running and cooking with her husband, Ilan Morgenstern, who is the bass trombonist for the Vancouver Symphony.
Denise Cline, Finance ManagerDenise first joined the Symphony staff in 1999 as operations and ticket manager. After a five year absence, she returned in 2009. Denise grew up in upstate New York in a town with a rich community music history as well as a thriving public school music program. She played trumpet and cello throughout her school years beginning in the third grade. She continued her music education at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music near Cleveland, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance under the instruction of James Darling. Denise also played principal trumpet in the Cleveland Youth Orchestra for two years under Maestro Jahja Ling and was incredibly humbled to rehearse and perform in Cleveland’s Severance Hall under his direction.