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Music Director - Emily Ray

Currently 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 composers, as well as those of composers living in other parts of the U.S., and in England.
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.

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.

In February, 2003, Ms. Ray and the Mission Chamber Orchestra premiered a cantata written by internationally recognized composer Craig Bohmler for San Jose, California. Another important work, Lee Actor’s Violin Concerto, premiered in April, 2006. Ms. Ray served as the Orchestra Director at Santa Clara University for several years. Guest conducting has included the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestras of Southern Alameda County, California Orchestra Directors Association string ensemble, and Winchester Orchestra of San Jose.


Interview with Maestra Ray


The MCO is supported, in part, by the City of San José and funded in part by a grant from Arts Council Silicon Valley, in partnership
with the County of Santa Clara and the California Arts Council. The MCO is a member of the Silicon Valley Arts Coalition.