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SCU Orchestra Private Instruction - Conducting
SCU Orchestra DirectorCurrently the Music Director and Conductor of the Mission Chamber Orchestra in San Jose, Emily Ray's inspired performances are earning her a growing reputation throughout California as an extremely gifted and creative conductor. Her recent concerts have earned standing ovations and enthusiastic praise from musicians and critics alike.
Prior to her term in San Jose, Ms. Ray was the Music Director of the Nova Vista Symphony for several years. She also conducted the Lo Sospiro Ensemble while serving with the Hayward Area Symphony. A great advocate for new music, throughout her career she has promoted and premiered the works of many California and U.S. composers, and of those abroad. More recently she has been introducing lesser-known music from other countries (Taiwan, Portugal, Mexico) to delighted Silicon Valley audiences.
Ms. Ray began her musical studies at the age of 7 when she began taking piano lessons and later studied the violin. Participating in numerous recitals and performing groups, she continued her study of music in college, receiving a Master of Arts degree from California State University at Hayward after graduating with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley. She studied conducting with Michael Senturia and Denis deCoteau and made her conducting debut with the University Symphony in May 1975. Later she studied with Gunther Schuller at the Conductor Institute at Sandpoint.
In 1996 Ms. Ray formed the Mission Chamber Orchestra and has continuously served as Music Director and Conductor. During the orchestra's second season, Ms. Ray and the orchestra recorded a compact disc, Dreams, which was broadcast by radio stations across the country. A second disc, Reflections on the Hudson, was recorded and released in 2000. It is a part of Arizona University Recordings' Contemporary Composers Series, as it contains the orchestral works of Palo Alto composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen.
Ms. Ray serves on the faculty of Santa Clara University, where she conducts the student orchestra. She is also on the staff of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and is Artistic Director of the Santa Clara Valley Performing Arts Association. Founder of the Silicon Valley Arts Coalition, she has been recognized by the National League of American Penwomen and the Italian American Heritage Foundation for her achievements in the arts.
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