Grammy-nominated conductor Sara Jobin has extensive experience in opera, and has broken the glass podium at several companies including San Francisco with her debut in 2004.
She has been principal conductor for the Center for Contemporary Opera since 2011.
From Anchorage to Avignon and Szeged to Shanghai, she has championed American composers and worked with singers at all levels, from community choruses to Wagnerian soprano Nina Stemme.
She has led from the podiums of San Francisco Opera, LA Opera (Broad Stage), Arizona Opera, Pittsburgh Opera (Young Artists), Baltimore Lyric Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Carolina, Anchorage Opera, Opera Idaho, OperaDelaware, Toledo Opera, and the Armel Opera Festival in Hungary and France. Symphonic engagements have included a Disney Hall premiere with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Edmonton Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Symphony Silicon Valley, children's concerts with the Bochumer Symphoniker and Orchestra of St. Luke's, and three years as Resident Conductor of the Toledo Symphony with over 35 concerts a year.
During covid Jobin morphed into a digital producer, hosting various international musical events online. In September 2020 she produced the zoom cinematic premiere of Noor Inayat Khan's Aède of the Ocean and Land, directed by Elli Papakonstantinou of the ODC Ensemble in Athens, and composer Shirish Korde, with an international cast performing live in five countries across ten time zones.
In November she made her virtual Carnegie Hall debut during the Carnegie Hall Live tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, conducting the duet “We are different, we are one” from Derrick Wang’s comedy Scalia/Ginsburg. Several projects are on hold for re-emergence: Dead Man Walking with Opera Idaho in April 2022 and a Dubuque Symphony subscription concert April/ May 2022; and Niloufar Nourbakhsh's We, The Innumerable with CCO.
Jobin resides in Richmond, Virginia, home to the Inayatiyya, a Sufi organization founded on the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Her talent is in service to projects that increase the peace, respect the planet, open people’s minds, and bring us together.
Updated: March 2021