Jessica Bejarano

Music Director, Civic Symphony

Jessica Bejarano enthusiastically enters her second season as music director
and conductor of the San Francisco Civic Symphony! Jessica also serves as
music director at San Francisco University High School where she conducts
the orchestral and choral programs.
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

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,

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 worked with music students of various youth

This July and August 2017, Jessica was one of 16 conductors from around the
globe selected to attend the International Conducting Institute in Kromeritz,
Czech Republic. During her time there Jessica worked closely with Maestros
Kirk Trevor and Neil Varon and conducted the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic
Orchestra. At the end of the program Jessica gave a public performance with
the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra at the Archbishops Palace.


John Kendall Bailey

Music Director, Mozart to Mendelssohn

John Kendall Bailey currently serves as Conductor of the Mesopotamia Symphony Orchestra, Music Director, Principal Conductor and Chorus Master of Trinity Lyric Opera, and Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. In 1994, Mr. Bailey founded the Berkeley Lyric Opera and served as its Music Director and Conductor until 2001. Since then he has been Principal Conductor of Oakland Youth Orchestra, Guest Conductor with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, American Philharmonic-Sonoma County, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, Oakland Ballet, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, and has conducted productions for Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, West Bay Opera, North Bay Opera, Pocket Opera, Mission City Opera, the Crowden School, Oakland School for the Arts, Dominican University, among others. Mr. Bailey has taught conducting at the University of California-Davis and Notre Dame de Namur University.

As a choral director, Mr. Bailey has served as Music Director of Voices of Musica Sacra, Chorus Master for Festival Opera of Walnut Creek and Opera San Jose, and has been guest conductor for the University of California-Berkeley Chamber Chorus, the University of California-Davis Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Alumni Chorus, and the Berkeley Broadway Singers.

Mr. Bailey is also a composer, and his works have been performed and commissioned in the Bay Area and abroad. In 2010, Carlos Santana and Oakland East Bay Symphony performed his arrangements. As a baritone, oboist, and pianist, Mr. Bailey has performed with the San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Oakland East Bay, Berkeley, Redding, Napa, Sacramento, and Prometheus symphonies, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, the Midsummer Mozart and West Marin music festivals, San Francisco Bach Choir, Coro Hispano de San Francisco, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Sacred and Profane, Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo, the Mark Morris and Merce Cunningham dance companies, the Berkeley, Golden Gate, and Oakland Lyric opera companies, and many more. He has recorded for the Harmonia Mundi, Koch International, Pro Musica, Wildboar, Centaur, and Angelus Music labels. He has also been a pre-performance lecturer for the Oakland East Bay Symphony, San Francisco Opera, American Bach Soloists, and Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, a critic for the San Francisco Classical Voice, and a writer of real-time commentary for the Concert Companion.


Robert Howard

Music Director, Civic Strings


A native of Atlanta, GA, Robert began studying cello at age 12. Graduate of Rice University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has studied and performed at festivals such as Tanglewood, Spoleto, Verbier, the Accademia Chigiana, and the Sandor Vegh Academy in Prague. Robert won first prize in the Rome Festival Competition and has received grants from the Maggini and Virtu Foundations.

Robert has performed in the Festival Internacional de Musica in Costa Rica, the Festival de Guadarama in Spain, and on the Mostly Mozart series in Lincoln Center. He has performed with American Bach Soloists, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, and the San Francisco Symphony. A regular guest on many Bay Area chamber music series, Robert has also made concerto appearances with BARS Orchestra and Stanford Symphony. He has worked directly with composers such as Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriela Frank, George Perle, George Benjamin, and Jonathan Berger. Robert runs his own house concert series,, which combine thematically linked chamber music programs with food and short lecture presentations. A passionate teacher, he has made two trips to Kenya, where he taught and performed. He has coached at San Francisco Conservatory, Stanford University, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, and the Conservatorio Superior Coruña in Spain.

Arun Saigal

music director, summer workshop


Arun Saigal is currently serving in his fifth season conducting with the San Francisco Civic Music Association, his fourth as the conductor of the Summer Workshop. Arun started playing the violin at the age of 5, the drums at age 6, the trombone at age 8, and the viola at the age of 12. He started learning to conduct at the age of 12 at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, and became the Conductor of the Unaccompanied Minors Orchestra at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts at age 17. He brought the orchestra to performances all over Massachusetts, and was recognized for performing innovative pieces, such as “Halla Bol,” arranged for orchestra, Indian Drums, and vocals, at Boston’s celebration of India’s Republic Day, with 3,000 people in attendance.

Since then, he has conducted a number of musical organizations through out the Boston area. He was the music director of the MIT Ohms from 2010-2012.

In 2013, Arun moved to the Bay Area and started playing with a number of music organizations, including SF Civic Music. He is currently performs throughout the Bay Area as a conductor, violist, mridangam (Indian Drum) player, rapper, beatboxer, and trombonist.

Arun received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in computer science from MIT and is the CEO of Thunkable, a tech company that enables anyone to build their own mobile applications.

Photos (top to bottom) courtesy or Jessica Bejarano, John Kendall Bailey, Robert Howard, and Arun Saigal