Known for her elegant technique and broad expressive range, Dana Sadava enjoys a varied career as a conductor of opera and symphonic music. Ms. Sadava is the Associate Conductor of Opera at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she works with graduate and undergraduate students as a conductor, vocal coach, and pianist. She is also the Artistic Director of both Pasadena Opera and the Mill Valley Philharmonic. Recent engagements include conducting the San Diego Symphony, West Edge Opera, Opera Steamboat, Opera San Jose, University of California San Diego, Wexford Opera (Ireland), Banff Opera as Theatre, Indianapolis Opera, Pensacola Opera, Island City Opera, Cinnabar Theater, and Festival Opera.
Conductor Ryan Murray is a young rising star with a very busy schedule. He conducts Music in the Mountains, Opera Modesto, Sacramento and Modesto youth symphonies, and is the associate conductor of the Modesto Symphony. Ryan was a past conducting fellow with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival. His conducting awards include winner of the American Prize in Opera Conducting in 2017 and second place in orchestral conducting in 2019. Ryan recently completed a master’s degree in Music Business and is interested in all aspects of an orchestra’s organization.
Bryan Nies is the Principal Conductor of Festival Opera and former Associate Director of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra where he was a Bruno Walter Memorial Conducting Grant recipient and the Oakland Youth Symphony's longest tenured conductor. He pursues an active performance and teaching schedule with multiple vocal and chamber recitals, and is a Lecturer at Stanford University. He released his first recording "Amour sans ailes: The Music of Reynaldo Hahn" on MSR Classics with baritone Zachary Gordin.
Conductor and pianist Paul Schrage is currently Music Director of Symphonia Caritas and the Midsummer Mozart Festival. Previously he served as Interim Music Director of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra during the 2019-2020 season. As a pianist, Paul has performed in recital, with orchestras, and in jazz settings across the United States and abroad. Artists he has performed with include Jory Vinikour, David Ramadanoff, Bobby Brookmeyer, Louis Bellson, Ian Swensen, Christina Major and Kindra Scharich.