Part of the Calvary ConcertConnect Series benefitting Larkin St Youth Services
Jessica Bejarano, assistant conductor
Jonathan Dimmock, organ
About Jonathan Dimmock, organ
Concert organist Jonathan Dimmock is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Yale School of Music and Yale Divinity School, and has held musical posts at Westminster Abbey (Organ Scholar), the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City, and St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis. Well-known internationally, he resides in San Francisco where he is the Organist at St. Ignatius Church, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, Congregation Sherith Israel, and the San Francisco Symphony. With the San Francisco Symphony, he has had the opportunity to work under the baton of many of the world’s greatest conductors.
Jonathan has an active career as an organ soloist having made numerous solo tours on five continents. He has been interviewed and featured on National Public Radio, Radio France, BBC3, ABC (Australia), MTV2 (Budapest), and SABC (South Africa). His teachers and mentors include Jean Langlais, Naji Hakim, Frédéric Blanc (improvisation), Peter Hallock, Gillian Weir, Haskell Thomson, Thomas Murray, Harald Vogel, J. Clark, Paul Halley, and Simon Preston. A Grammy award winner for his work with the San Francisco Symphony, Jonathan has recorded more than 35 CDs, with labels including Gothic, ReZound, Loft, Arkay, BCI Records, Time-Warner Recordings, and Koch International.
He is co-founder of the highly acclaimed American Bach Soloists, founding director of AVE (Artists’ Vocal Ensemble), and founding President of Art to the Nations – which uses music in international conflict resolution. He is deeply committed to healing our broken world through the beauty of music and talks eagerly on the subjects of spirituality, psychology, aesthetics, and the Arts.
Learn more about Jonathan at jonathandimmock.com
About Jessica Bejarano, assistant conductor
Maestra Jessica Bejarano is honored to serve as the first Assistant Conductor of Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. Maestra Bejarano also serves as Music Director of West County Winds; Assistant Conductor of the Peninsula Symphony; and Artist-In-Residence with LEAP as a music education curriculum developer and teacher.
Maestra Bejarano received her Associates of Fine Arts in Music Education from Casper College; a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Wyoming; and her Master of Arts in Conducting from the University of California Davis.
Just recently in September 2010, Maestra Bejarano was selected to attend a Master course with Maestro Jorma Panula and the Rousse (Bulgarian) National Philharmonic where she performed works by Edward Elgar and Hector Berlioz in Rousse, Bulgaria.
During the summer of 2007, Maestra Bejarano was selected to attend the International Academy of Advanced Conducting in Saint Petersburg, Russia where she received “Honorable Mention” for her performance with the Classical Symphony Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Maestra Bejarano was invited back by the Academy (IAAC) in 2008 to continue her studies and perform in Urbino, Italy. During the same summer, she also attended the International Institute for Conductors in Bacau, Romania and conducted The Philharmonic Orchestra “Mihail Jora” of Bacau in two separate performances.
Maestra Bejarano has served as Artistic Director of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus; Music Director of VOICES Lesbian Choral Ensemble; Music Director of the Davis Summer Symphony; Assistant Conductor with the Community Women’s Orchestra in Oakland; Assistant Conductor of the University of California Davis Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the University Chorus and Chamber Singers at the University of California Davis; and Music Director of GLAM Youth Choir. Ms. Bejarano has also guest conducted the Beloit Community Orchestra, in Beloit Wisconsin; the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra in Laramie, Wyoming; and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus of San Francisco.
Learn more about Jessica at jessicabejarano.com