ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR: DANA SADAVA
Dana Sadava is excited to have the opportunity to serve as the new Artistic Director/Conductor of Mill Valley Philharmonic, Marin's premier volunteer orchestra. In addition to her new position with MVP, she serves on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the department of Opera Theatre. She is in her fifth year as Music Director of the Community Women’s Orchestra (Oakland) and Artistic Director of Pasadena Opera. Under her leadership, Community Women’s Orchestra has received a City of Oakland Cultural Funding Award, Kris Sinclair Leadership Award from the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, and an AMY Award for Programming from the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy. Passionate about music education, she is the Director of Chamber Music at The Urban School, and was recently a guest clinician with Santa Monica
High School. She has also worked as a conductor and coach
at Opera San Jose, University of California San Diego, Wexford Opera (Ireland), Banff Opera as Theatre (Canada), Island City Opera, Festival Opera, Indianapolis Opera, and Pensacola Opera. Sadava made her debut with the San Diego Symphony in March 2019.
Ms. Sadava studied orchestral conducting with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Masters’ degree on a merit scholarship. She studied piano with Dorothy Hwang at the Colburn School, Sanford Margolis at the Oberlin Conservatory, and Gabriel Chodos at the Aspen Music Festival. Before delving into musical life, she earned an undergraduate degree in aeronautics and literature from Caltech, where she was given the Dean’s Award for Leadership and a fellowship for work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was able to augment her literature studies at Cambridge University through the Amasa Bishop Prize. She lives in San Rafael with her husband, Jim Stopher, along with their cat, Darla, and dog, Summer. She enjoys exploring Marin and the Bay Area, exercising, and watching The Great British Bake Off.