Jessica Bejarano is the founder and conductor of the new San Francisco Philharmonic – the inspired vision of her commitment to making a high caliber symphony accessible and affordable to the community.
In addition to this work, Bejarano currently serves as assistant conductor of Opera Parallele in San Francisco; music director and conductor of ELM Youth Orchestra; music director of the San Francisco University High School Chamber Orchestra; artistic specialist of Youth Orchestra Salinas; and regular guest conductor with Camerata Antonio Soler Orchestra in San Lorenzo de el Escorial, Spain. She was featured on NBC’s The Today Show with Natalie Morales as the “woman breaking barriers as a trailblazing symphony conductor.” PBS News Hour Weekend also featured a segment on her as an emerging female conductor. She has guest conducted in countries throughout the world, including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, Russia, Spain, and Venezuela.
Bejarano was selected to study, work, and conduct with Atso Almila, professor of conducting and orchestra of the Sibelius-Academy in Finland, as well as give a public performance with the Camerata Antonio Soler Orchestra in San Lorenzo de el Escorial, Spain. She also has served as assistant conductor and cover conductor of the State Opera House of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, where she assisted in premiering Catelli’s Traiano in Tracia, a new Italian opera.
In 2019, Bejarano was the first woman in history to guest conduct the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles. She was also the featured guest conductor and clinician at the San Diego State University’s Women in Music, Diversity, and Leadership Conference that same year. In 2018, she was one of twelve female conductors selected from around the world to attend and conduct at the International Women’s Conference in New York City, where she represented the United States and Mexico.
The appearance of Jessica Bejarano is made possible by a generous gift from the Country Music Association Foundation.