Fiduciary and UC Riverside Instructor

For 15 years, Kenneth Blickenstaff has taught courses in fiduciary management at the University of California, Riverside Extension. He played a key role in developing the program and continues to develop curricula on the topics of accounting, estate assets, and conservatorship. Kenneth Blickenstaff has garnered the school’s Instructor Excellence award twice for his classroom contributions.

In addition to his responsibilities as an educator, he serves as a private professional fiduciary. Mr. Blickenstaff manages the finances of a number of elderly clients and helps individuals with their estates and trust funds. He also determines when to invest assets and interfaces with heirs, beneficiaries, and creditors.

Kenneth Blickenstaff completed a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, located in Claremont, California, where he studied government and political science. On his senior year comprehensive examination, he achieved the highest score in his department. He later attended California State University, Fullerton, to receive extended training in fiduciary management.

Anatomy of the Violin

Kenneth Blickenstaff, a professional fiduciary, conservator, and estate trustee, enjoys playing the violin in his free time. Kenneth Blickenstaff began playing as child and continues to make music with a local community orchestra.


Each part of a violin helps to produce the rich sound that has captivated audiences for generations. The body of the violin most often consists of a soft wood at the front, or belly, and a harder wood at the back. The ribs on the side as well as the bridge, neck, and scroll at the top are also typically made of a hard wood. The fingerboard, on which the strings lie, is most often made of ebony.

Most violins have either fully metal strings or synthetic strings with a metal core. Many violinists believe that synthetic strings more accurately mimic the function of gut strings, which were popular through the 18th century. Whatever their construction, the strings attach to the instrument with the use of pegs, which when turned change the pitch of the string to which they connect.