After an extensive search process, Mill Valley Philharmonic has selected three extraordinary guest conductors – Paul Phillips, Dana Sadava, and Alexander Kahn – to each lead one of our 2018-19 concert series. Based on input from the musicians and audience members, we will then select one of these highly accomplished candidates as our next permanent Artistic Director/Conductor.

We have also hired Richard Aldag, Ph.D., an experienced arts consultant, to serve as MVP’s new Executive Director.

MVP’s new guest conductors and Executive Director were chosen following extensive searches conducted by Board members with active participation from members of the orchestra. We were very honored by the high number of accomplished individuals who responded to our searches. The search process also provided a rewarding opportunity for many of the musicians to become more involved in the running of the orchestra, and we are really grateful for their help and support.

Paul Phillips, the Gretchen B. Kimball Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Stanford University, is a renowned conductor, composer, pianist, and author. Acclaimed as a conductor “who was born to stand on a podium,” his honors include 1st Prize in the NOS International Conductors Course in Holland, 1st Prize in the Wiener Meisterkurse Conductors Course in Vienna, and 11 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. He currently serves as Music Director of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia and teaches conducting and other courses in the Stanford Department of Music.

Dana Sadava is a conductor of operatic and symphonic repertoire and a new music specialist. Currently she serves as Artistic Director of Pasadena Opera, Music Director of the Community Women’s Orchestra, Conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Aspirante (youth) Orchestra, guest faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Director of Chamber Music at The Urban School. Recently, she has worked with the San Diego Symphony, Opera San Jose, University of California San Diego, Wexford Opera (Ireland), Banff Opera as Theatre, Indianapolis Opera, Pensacola Opera, Cinnabar Theater, and Festival Opera.

Conductor Alexander Kahn is equally at home with community, educational, and professional orchestras. His repertoire broadly ranges from the Baroque period to the 21st century, and from opera to film music to educational programming. Kahn is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at Sonoma State University, where he directs the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra and teaches courses in conducting, music history, orchestration, and general education.