Idona Cabrinha holds a Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University in piano performance and piano pedagogy, and is from the first graduating class of Cal Poly music majors to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also studied at the Westminster Choir Conservatory of Music and Vallejo Conservatory of Music. Her instructors have included Sylvia Wang and W. Terrence Spiller. Cabrinha has participated in masterclasses with David Buechner, Peter Takacs; in pedagogy studies with Francis Larimer; and Suzuki pedagogy studies with Doris Koppelman. Cabrinha is a former member of the Ponko-Cabrinha Duo (violin and piano). She is a part-time lecturer for the Performing Arts Division at Cuesta Community College. She has extensive experience as an accompanist and vocalist on the West Coast and in the Chicago areas. She held positions as a conductor working with elementary, middle and high school youth on the Central Coast. She has taught music in elementary school classrooms, and was artist in residence for the Children’s Creative Project. She has served as assistant and acting director for DePaul Community Music Division in the DePaul University School of Music, and was also a faculty member at Northwestern University Music Academy. She was performance syllabus chair for the North Shore Music Teachers Association.