Dana Zimbric is a conductor on a mission to make classical music relevant, engaging and awesome for today’s audiences of all ages. Both on and off the podium, Ms. Zimbric brings passion and energy to her work promoting classical music and music education.
Since 2010 Ms. Zimbric has held the position of Artistic Director and Conductor of the California Chamber Orchestra in Temecula, CA, where she presents innovative concert programs and serves as host of the Temecula Presents Classical series. This seven-concert series is the only professional classical music series in the area, and draws artists from all over the U.S. and abroad.
Ms. Zimbric also serves as the Senior Director of Music & Programs for Classics 4 Kids and Conductor of the Classics Philharmonic Orchestra, a position she has held since 2003. This fully professional adult ensemble performs over 30 concerts annually for nearly 30,000 school children in San Diego County through the Classics 4 Kids program.
As a regionally recognized expert in music education, Ms. Zimbric has presented at the Association of California Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Conference on curriculum based-educational programming, and she was a 2015 finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards. Her high school alma mater in Rockford, Michigan, inducted Ms. Zimbric into their Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 2014 for her work as a conductor in the field of classical music.
As guest conductor, Ms. Zimbric has led the San Diego State University Symphony Orchestra and various Honor Orchestras for the San Diego Unified School District, including the 2011 High School Honor Orchestra. Previously, Ms. Zimbric has held conducting positions with Orchestra Nova San Diego (formerly the San Diego Chamber Orchestra), San Diego Youth Symphony, Avanti (Youth) Chamber Orchestra and the University of Wisconsin Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. She is also a frequent coach, judge and guest conductor at festivals and schools throughout southern California.
An accomplished clarinetist, Ms. Zimbric holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where she won multiple concerto competitions on clarinet and was awarded scholarships for academic achievement and exceptional women pursuing careers in music.
Dana Zimbric currently lives in San Diego with her husband and two young daughters.