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Jessica Bejarano

Jessica Bejarano serves as music director and conductor of the San Francisco Civic Symphony, an 85-member full orchestra. Jessica also serves as music director at San Francisco University High School where she conducts the orchestra and choral program.

Jessica received her Master of Arts in Conducting from the University of California Davis; Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Wyoming; Associates of Fine Arts in Music Education from Casper College; and an Artist Diploma from Saint Petersburg, Russia.

During the Summer of 2007, Jessica attended the International Academy of Advanced Conducting in Saint Petersburg, Russia where she received “Honorable Mention” for her performance with the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Jessica was invited back by the Academy (IAAC) in 2008 to continue her studies with Maestro Leonid Korchmar and to conduct a performance with the Chamber String Orchestra of Urbino in Urbino, Italy. During the same Summer, she also attended the International Institute for Conductors in Bacau, Romania where she conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra “Mihail Jora” of Bacau in two separate performances.

In September 2010, Jessica was one of fifteen conductors selected from around the world to study with famed Maestro Jorma Panula and conduct in rehearsal and performance the Ruse National Philharmonic in Ruse, Bulgaria. During her time with the Bulgarian National Philharmonic Jessica worked closely with musicians and soloists to create a vibrant and exciting performance. Since her appearance with the orchestra and work with Maestro Panula, Jessica is now a welcomed guest conductor every year.

In June 2012, Jessica was invited to the Conductors’ Guild Conducting Mastercourse with Maestra Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. One month later, in July, Jessica was selected to participate in the International Conductors Masterclass in San Lorenzo De Escorial, Spain. During her time in Spain she worked closely with Maestro Jorma Panula and conducted the Camerata Antonio Soler Orchestra in performance. In August, after Spain, Jessica was accepted into the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music with Maestra Marin Alsop and Maestro Gustav Meier in Santa Cruz, California.

Just recently in June 2017, Jessica was one of two selected conductors to guest conduct the Falcon Symphony Orchestra in Coro, Venezuela. During her time in Venezuela she was also a guest conductor with the famed El Systema music education program where she got to work with music students of various youth orchestras.

This July and August 2017, Jessica will be one of 16 conductors from around the globe who were selected to attend the International Conducting Institute in Kromeritz, Czech Republic. She will work closely with Maestros Kirk Trevor and Tomas Netopil and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra. At the end of the program Jessica will give a public performance with the Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra at the Archbishops Palace.