Cathy Olinger, Director of Instrumental Music
During her thirty two years as a Music Educator, Mrs. Olinger has taught all levels of instrumental music from elementary through college. Mrs. Olinger has served as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout California. She has been recognized twice as the All Southern California Honor Orchestra Conductor. Mrs. Olinger was the Principal Conductor of the Irvine Youth Orchestra. Other conducting experiences include Musical Theatre to Music Ministry. She has conducted the following Tesoro Musicals; Good Man Charlie Brown, Seussical, My Favorite Year, Crazy for You and Into the Woods. As a tireless music advocate, Mrs. Olinger has served as Vice President on the board of directors for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association – the largest regional music organization in California. She has been recognized as an Educator of the Year Nominee for the California League of High Schools, a recipient of the Irene Schoepfle Award for distinguished contributions in Orange County Music Education, and the Encore Award, for outstanding achievement in Music Education. Mrs. Olinger has served as Tesoro’s Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair for ten years. From working with the finest ensembles on the west coast to one-on-one coaching in the classroom, Mrs. Olinger sets high standards for achievement and musical excellence. Most importantly however, she is a dedicated music booster to her husband Lynn, and their three children.