Grammy-nominated conductor Sara Jobin has extensive experience in opera, and has broken the glass podium at several companies including in 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, 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, including Kathleen Battle's Underground Railroad program.
Jobin has several projects on covid hold: a Dubuque Symphony engagement now scheduled for Fall 2021; Dead Man Walking with Opera Idaho now April 2022; and Andrew Rudin's Purewater and Niloufar Nourbaksh's We, The Innumerable to be mounted with CCO. In the meantime Jobin morphed into a digital producer during lockdown, producing various international, multicultural musical events online since March. The most recent was the zoom cinematic premiere of Noor Inayat Khan's Aède of the Ocean and Land, September 14 with Elli Papakonstantinou of the ODC Ensemble in Athens, and composer Shirish Korde.
Jobin resides in Richmond, Virginia. She comes from a multiracial, multifaith family and pledges her talent to increase the peace.