Sara Jobin, conductor
Sara Jobin made history in 2004 as the first woman to conduct on the mainstage subscription series at San Francisco Opera. With that company she has conducted performances of Tosca, Der fliegende Holländer and Norma. She has also led productions for the San Francisco Opera Center's Merola Program and Adler Showcase. Prior to her association with the San Francisco Opera, she conducted for Opera San Jose for four years.
Last year Ms. Jobin led productions with Tacoma Opera and Wolf Trap Opera, and cover-conducted for Philip Glass' world premiere, Appomattox, at San Francisco Opera. Thanks to a Special Travel Award from the Solti Foundation, she observed some rehearsals of the BBC Proms concerts in London this past summer. In recent seasons she also conducted for Arizona Opera, Calgary Opera (gala), Berkeley Opera, West Bay Opera, and a fire opera for The Crucible.
This season includes concerts with Symphony Silicon Valley; she has also worked with the Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, Women's Philharmonic, Oakland East Bay and Berkeley symphonies. Her Koch recording with Frederica von Stade of the music of Chris Brubeck features the Tassajara Symphony, which she directed for four years after its founding in 1998. She has led children's concerts for the Orchestra of St. Luke's, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, and Toledo Symphony, among others.
At age 16 she attended Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, where she was named a Leonard Bernstein Music Scholar. After graduation, as a John Knowles Paine Travelling Fellow, she studied conducting with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School. In 1999 she was the first recipient of the JoAnn Falletta Award from The Women's Philharmonic.
Not one to fit neatly into categories, Sara Jobin has a black belt in judo, and was the 2006 national champion in Ju-no-kata. She augments her classical music training by singing in the gospel choir at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.