Dana Sadava

Dana Sadava is the Artistic Director of Pasadena Opera and the Music Director of the Community Women’s Orchestra, which plays more music written by female composers than any orchestra in the country. As an opera conductor and vocal coach, she has worked at Wexford Festival Opera, Indianapolis Opera, San Francisco Opera on Tap, Pensacola Opera, Banff Opera as Theatre, BASOTI, and the Comic Opera Guild. She trained in conducting at the University of Michigan with Kenneth Kiesler, and in piano performance at the Oberlin Conservatory with Sanford Margolis. She earned a full merit scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival, studying with Gabriel Chodos and Herbert Stessin. At the age of eleven, she was featured on the Disney Channel as part of the Disney Young Musician's Symphony Orchestra. Before delving into musical life, Ms. Sadava was an engineer and earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Caltech, which also awarded her fellowships at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Cambridge University.

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