2022 KMEA All-State Full Orchestra Conductor
Jessica Bejarano is the Founder and Music Director of the San Francisco Philharmonic. Jessica also serves as Assistant Conductor of Opera Parallele and Music Director at Escuela Bilingue Internacionale. In 2019 Jessica 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 Jessica as an emerging female conductor and KQED named Jessica one of 10 artists to watch in KQED Arts’ Bay Brilliant Top 10 Artists of 2018. In 2019 Jessica was the first women 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. January 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. During that same time Jessica was the resident conductor of the University of California Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra. Jessica has guest conducted in Russia, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Spain, Venezuela and throughout the United States. She has also held motivational speaker engagements for numerous companies, schools and arts organizations. Jessica received her Master of Arts in Choral and Orchestral Conducting from the University of California Davis; Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Wyoming and Associates of Fine Arts in Music Education from Casper College.