Current members of CWO are: business owners, grad students, physicians, retirees, college professors, artists, stay-at-home moms, engineers, attorneys, music teachers, and more! We all share a passion for promoting women in music.
Music Director: Dana Sadava
Dana Sadava is happy to return to CWO, having served as Assistant Conductor during the 2007-2008 season. At home in both the opera house and the symphony hall, Ms. Sadava’s recent engagements include Susannah with Pasadena Opera (where she is also Artistic Director), the premiere of Noon at Dusk at UCSD, Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera San Jose, and performing as half of the piano duo Robot Owl. She has worked with Wexford Festival Opera, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Pensacola Opera, Indianapolis Opera, the new music ensemble Zero Blue, and Banff Opera as Theatre, where she was a faculty member of the opera training program. She has been featured in masterclasses with Marin Alsop, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Gustav Meier. Before delving into musical life, Ms. Sadava was an engineer, earning a Bachelor of Science degree at the California Institute of Technology. She subsequently studied conducting with Michael Morgan and Alasdair Neale at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan.
Composer-in-Residence: June Bonacich
CWO is lucky to have our own Composer-in-Residence, June Bonacich!
Ms. Bonacich is a Professor of composition and musicianship at the San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College Division, where she is also an alumna. Her award-winning music has been performed extensively throughout the United States. Recently, the world premiere of her Concerto for Four Bassoons was featured on NPR's "State of the Arts" with Jeffrey Freymann and received an extended ovation at CWO's 2015 spring concert. "Group Therapy", a musical she wrote for the Lesbian Gay Chorus of San Francisco was performed at the 2005 Gay Games in Chicago. Her new work, "Life in the Produce Aisle," will be previewed CWO's February 21 concert and given in full on May 15, 2016.
Listen to a clip of Ms. Bonacich's "Concerto for Four Bassoons" (performed by CWO; May 2015) Bonacich_clip.mp3
The Community Women’s Orchestra (CWO) was founded as a community adjunct to the professional Women’s Philharmonic. Although the Women’s Philharmonic disbanded in 2004, the CWO continues to grow and flourish as an independent organization. In the past 31 years, it has grown from the original six-member ensemble to more than sixty members.
CWO has collaborated with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, including multiple performances at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, Brava Theater, touring to Santa Rosa and Miami, Florida, and CD and DVD recordings.
CWO has been responsible for numerous regional, national, and world premieres of works by female composers, including Juliette Folville, Ethel Smyth, Martha Stoddard, Hilary Tann, and Mary Watkins. Other composers featured on CWO concerts include Jennifer Higdon, Gwyneth Walker, Cyndi McTee, Dione Tan, Clara Wieck Schumann, and Fanny Mendelssohn, to name but a few.