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Music Director

Dana Sadava is happy to return to CWO for her 5th season as Music Director.  At home in both the opera house and the symphony hall, Ms. Sadava has recently worked with the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Pacifica Spindrift Playhouse, Cinnabar Theater, Opera San Jose, UCSD, and Pasadena Opera, where she is also Artistic Director. She has worked with Wexford Festival Opera, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Pensacola Opera, Indianapolis Opera, the new music ensemble Zero Blue, and Banff Opera as Theatre, where she was a faculty member of the opera training program. She has been featured in masterclasses with Marin Alsop, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Gustav Meier. Before delving into musical life, Ms. Sadava was an engineer, earning a Bachelor of Science degree at the California Institute of Technology. She subsequently studied conducting with Michael Morgan and Alasdair Neale at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan.

Former Conductors

Dana Sadava (2014–present), assistant conductor (2007–2008)

Dr. Kathleen McGuire (2005–2013)

Jessica Bejarano, assistant conductor (2009, 2011–2013)

Dr. Sandra I. Noriega, assistant conductor (2010–2011), Strings Attached director (2011–2014)

June Bonachich, Strings Attached co-conductor (2010–2012)

Yuchi Chou, assistant conductor (2008–2010)

Martha Stoddard, interim conductor (2004–2005)

Ann Krinitsky (1990–2001)

Nan Washburn, founder (1985–1990)