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John Kendall Bailey

. John Kendall Bailey is Music Director and Conductor of the Mesopotamia Symphony Orchestra; Music Director, Principal Conductor and Chorus Master of Trinity Lyric Opera; and Associate Conductor of San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. In 1994, Mr. Bailey founded the Berkeley Lyric Opera and served as its Music Director and Conductor until 2001.

In 1994, Mr. Bailey founded the Berkeley Lyric Opera and served as its Music Director and Conductor until 2001. Since then he has been a guest conductor with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, American Philharmonic-Sonoma County, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, Mesopotamia Symphony Orchestra, Oakland Ballet, Oakland Youth Orchestra, Gottschalk Music Center Orchestra, and has conducted productions for Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, West Bay Opera, North Bay Opera, Pocket Opera, Mission City Opera, the Crowden School, Dominican University, Thick Description, Goat Hall Productions, Opera Frontier, Solo Opera, Shoebox Opera, and Golden State Theater Productions. Mr. Bailey has taught conducting at the University of California at Davis and Notre Dame de Namur University.

As a choral director, Mr. Bailey has been Music Director of Voices of Musica Sacra, Chorus Master of Festival Opera of Walnut Creek and Opera San Jose, and has been guest conductor for the University of California-Berkeley Chamber Chorus, the University of California-Davis Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Alumni Chorus, and the Berkeley Broadway Singers.

In 2011, Mr. Bailey received attention for his championing of the music of Bernard Herrmann (in celebration of his centennial), including the West Coast premiere of his cantata Moby Dick with the American Philharmonic-Sonoma County, the World Premiere performance of his score for the Twilight Zone episode "Little Girl Lost", and the suite from Vertigo with the Oakland East Bay Symphony.

Mr. Bailey is also a composer, and his works have been performed and commissioned in the Bay Area and abroad. In 2010, Carlos Santana and Oakland East Bay Symphony performed two of his arrangements. As a baritone, oboist, and pianist, and has performed with the San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Oakland East Bay, Berkeley, Redding, Napa, Sacramento, and Prometheus symphonies, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Midsummer Mozart and West Marin music festivals, San Francisco Bach Choir, Coro Hispano de San Francisco, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Sacred and Profane, California Vocal Academy, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo, Baroque Arts Ensemble, San Francisco Korean Master Chorale, the Master Sinfonia, the Mark Morris and Merce Cunningham dance companies, Goat Hall Productions, Opera Piccola, the Berkeley, Golden Gate, and Oakland Lyric Opera companies, and many other groups. He has recorded for the Harmonia Mundi, Koch International, Pro Musica, Wildboar, Centaur, and Angelus Music labels.

Mr. Bailey has been a pre-performance lecturer for the Oakland East Bay Symphony, San Francisco Opera, American Bach Soloists and Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, a critic for the San Francisco Classical Voice, and a writer of real-time commentary for the Concert Companion.