Dawn Harms’ diverse career ranges from being a chamber musician, violin soloist, and 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 Symphony. She also records regularly at Skywalker Studios for movies and video games. She teaches at Stanford University, and is the conductor of the pre-college string orchestra at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Dawn is in her seventh season as Music Director and conductor of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony.
A strong advocate for music education, Dawn has designed her own family show and has performed it throughout the United States, New Zealand, and Japan.
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.