Published Monday, July 25, 2016
Sara Jobin has had “Interim” removed from her title with the Toledo Symphony, and for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons will be the symphony’s Resident Conductor. Zak Vassar, the symphony’s new President and CEO, made the announcement this week.
Jobin also will continue her role with the Toledo Opera, as Associate Conductor. “It is a privilege to work with the Toledo Symphony, probably one of the best, and hardest working, regional orchestras in the country,” Jobin said. “And it is a joy to work with the Opera, whose adventurousness is surpassed only by the high quality of its productions. I look forward to a season of bringing people together through the power of beautiful music.”
The Grammy-nominated Jobin last season conducted 34 Toledo Symphony concerts and two Toledo Opera productions. In 2016-17, she looks forward to leading her first performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Handel’s Messiah, a Haydn and Vaughan Williams program in the Welltower Mozart & More series, Samuel Barber's Vanessa, and a concert with the Arab-American Orchestra.
She also will conduct several holiday and Young People’s concerts and performances in The Andersons Family and KeyBank Pops series.
Outside of Toledo, Jobin will conduct the world premiere of Jane Eyre by Louis Karchin with the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York, where she has been Chief Conductor since 2011.
She remains interested in opportunities to learn and conduct sacred music of all kinds, and projects that increase cross-cultural understanding through music
Jobin credits her family, teachers, and mentors for what she calls beginner's luck. Jobin went to Harvard at 16, made her first recording with Frederica von Stade, and was nominated for a Grammy the first time she recorded an opera, John Musto's Volpone.
She has made history a few times as the first woman to conduct in various opera houses, including San Francisco and most recently Baltimore.
Jobin hopes to lead the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Opera in initiatives to go green this year. She generally bicycles to work