Dawn Harms


Dawn Harms’ diverse career ranges from being a chamber musician, violin soloist, concertmaster, to being a music director and conductor. She is a first violinist in the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster for the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and Co-Concertmaster with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. She also records regularly at Skywalker Studios for movies and video games. She currently teaches at Stanford University.

Dawn is in her second season as Music Director and conductor of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony. She recently conducted the San Francisco Opera orchestra in the “Overture to the 2014-15 Season” concert at the San Francisco Conservatory. A strong advocate for music education, Dawn designs and performs her own family show throughout the United States, New Zealand, and Japan. Dawn recently performed her one-woman family show with the Lincoln Symphony in Nebraska, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, and the Napa Youth Symphony.

This past summer Dawn had fun playing and conducting in three different California valleys. She began with a guest conductor appearance at the Music in the Mountains Festival in Grass Valley; then played chamber music at Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley; and in August returned to Bear Valley Music Festival where she performed her family show with the festival orchestra.

Dawn plays on her cousin Tom Waits’’ CDs “Alice,” “Blood Money,” and “Bad Is Me.” Dawn also has two solo CD’s, “The Black Swan” and “The Hot Canary” that can be found on cdbaby.com or www.dawnharms.com.