Bio


Director, Stanford Chamber Chorale and Stanford Symphonic Chorus. Nationally and internationally invited master class teacher in conducting and choral music, guest conductor and adjudicator in choral music; has conducted master classes and performances with festival, honor, and collegiate choirs, orchestras, and other instrumental ensembles from over 20 states as well as from England, Germany, Austria, Australia, Canada, and Japan.

Special fields: Viennese Chorwalzer, Hawaiian choral music, music of Queen Lili'uokalani, kī hō'alu (Hawaiian slack key guitar), North American Taiko (Japanese American drumming).

Studies at Tanglewood Music Center and with Mitchell Sardou Klein, William Ramsey, Aiko Onishi, Alfred Kanwischer, Fernando Valenti, Ozzie Kotani. Harpsichordist, International Chamber Orchestra of Rome.

Former conducting faculty, Wilkes University Encore Music Festival of Pennsylvania.

Recordings: Arsis Audio (Choral), Pictoria Records (choral) and DHC (choral and kī hō'alu), Argus (kī hō'alu), Ward Recors (kī hō'alu), Verita Note (kī hō'alu). Grammy preliminary ballot (choral). Grammy preliminary ballot (Hawaiian), Hawaiian Music Award finalist, Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award finalist (kī hō'alu).

Academic Appointments


  • Professor (Teaching), Music

Administrative Appointments


  • Professor, Stanford University (2010 - Present)
  • Chair, Department of Music, Stanford University (2006 - Present)
  • Associate Professor, Stanford University (1999 - 2010)
  • Visiting Researcher, University of Hawaii at Manoa (1999 - 2008)
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford University (1996 - 1999)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center of East Asian Studies,Stanford University (1995 - Present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University (1995 - Present)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Asian American Studies, Stanford University (1995 - Present)
  • Conducting Faculty, Wilkes University Encore Music Festival (1995 - 1995)
  • Lecturer, Stanford University (1993 - 1996)
  • Teaching Fellow and Graduate Special Instructor, Stanford University (1989 - 1993)
  • University Fellowship, Stanford University (1989 - 1993)
  • Instructor, Foothill College (1987 - 1989)

Honors & Awards


  • Grammy Award preliminary ballot nomination (lllumine: Christmas at Stanford. Daniel Ho Creations, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) (2012)
  • Grammy Award preliminary ballot nomination (Songs from the Taro Patch. Daniel Ho Creations), National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) (2007)
  • Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University (2005)
  • Hawaiian Music Award finalist, Daniel Ho Creations (2004)
  • Na Hoku Hanohano Award fianlist, Daniel Ho Creations (2002)
  • Faculty Award, Stanford Asian American Awards, Stanford University (2001)
  • Finalist, American Symphony Orchestra League Orchestra Management Fellowship Program. (1987)
  • 2nd Place, Music Teachers' Association of California Solo Piano Competition. (1981)
  • 3rd Place, American Matthay Association Clara Wells International Piano Competition (1981)
  • 1st Place, San Jose State University Chairman's Challenge Recital (1980)
  • 1st Place, Music Teachers' Association of California Evelyn Heath Piano Scholarship (1977)
  • 1st Place, San Jose State University John B. Gustavson Piano Scholarship (1976)
  • 1st Place, Music Teachers' Association of California Piano Scholarship (1976)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Orchestral Director, Stanford University
  • Conductor, Stanford University (2013 - 2013)
  • Guest Conductor, Elizabeth University (2011 - 2011)
  • Guest Conductor, Kobe Joshi Daigaku, Kobe, Japan (2011 - 2011)
  • Guest Conductor, Doshisha Joshi Daigaku Chorus. Kyoto, Japan (2011 - 2011)
  • Conductor, Stanford University (2011 - 2011)
  • Conductor, Stanford University (2011 - 2011)
  • Guest Conductor, George Mason University University Singers (2010 - 2010)
  • Conductor, Stanford University (2008 - 2008)
  • Guest Conductor, Choir of Trinity College (2007 - 2007)
  • Guest Conductor, Exultate Singers. Bristol, Gloucestershire, England (2007 - 2007)
  • Guest Conductor, Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, England (2007 - 2007)
  • Conductor, Stanford University (2007 - 2007)
  • Guest Conductor, Kammerchor der Universität der Künste Berlin (2005 - 2005)
  • Guest Conductor, Kammerchor der Universität Wien (2005 - 2005)
  • Conductor, Wells Cathedral School Chapel Choir (2003 - 2003)
  • Prep Conductor, Stanford University (2002 - 2002)
  • Conductor, The Joyful Company of Singers, Stanford Chamber Chorale (2001 - 2001)
  • Conductor, Oakland Symphony Chorus Sing-In, Oakland, California (2001 - 2001)
  • Conductor, Oakland Symphony Chorus Sing-In, Oakland, California (2004 - 2004)
  • Music Director and Conductor, Stanford University (1996 - Present)
  • Music Director and Conductor, Stanford University (1993 - Present)
  • Music Director and Conductor, Stanford University (1990 - 2001)
  • Music Director and Conductor, Wilkes University Encore Chamber Singers. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1995 - 1995)
  • Music Director and Conductor, Wilkes University Encore Chorus. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1995 - 1995)
  • Music Director and Conductor, Wilkes University Encore Early Music Ensemble. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1995 - 1995)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (1994 - 1994)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (1996 - 1996)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (1998 - 1998)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (2000 - 2000)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (2001 - 2001)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (2009 - 2009)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (2010 - 2010)
  • Conductor, Stanford University Messiah Sing, Stanford University (1992 - Present)
  • Music Director and Conductor, Stanford University (1990 - 1990)
  • Music Director and Conductor, Stanford University (1992 - 1992)
  • Assistant Director, Stanford University (1989 - 1993)
  • Director, First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto Chamber Choir, Palo Alto, California (1978 - 1981)
  • Guest Conductor, Chatham Baroque & National Gallery of Art Chamber Players, Washington, DC (2010 - 2010)
  • Guest Conductor, Wells Cathedral Brass and Percussion Ensemble, Somerset, England (2003 - 2003)
  • Guest Conductor, Wells Cathedral Brass and Percussion Ensemble, Somerset, England (2000 - 2000)
  • Guest Conductor, Highlands Chamber Orchestra. San Bruno, California (1996 - 1996)
  • Guest Conductor, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. San Mateo, California (1991 - Present)
  • Music Director and Conductor, Stanford University (1990 - Present)
  • Director of Music and Conductor, Stanford University (1990 - 1990)
  • Director of Music and Conductor, Stanford University (1992 - 1992)
  • Assistant Director, Stanford University (1991 - 1992)
  • Choral Coach, Stanford University (2002 - 2002)
  • Chorusmaster, Stanford University (1998 - 1998)
  • Music Director, Stanford University (1992 - 1993)
  • Conductor, Stanford University (1991 - 1991)
  • Director of Music and Conductor, Theatreworks, Palo Alto, California (1977 - 1982)
  • Director's Assistant, West Bay Opera, Palo Alto, California (1972 - 1975)
  • Invited Sideman (piano), Honolulu Symphony Orchestra (2001 - 2001)
  • Freelance Collaborative Pianist, San Francisco Bay Area (1972 - 1993)
  • Staff Accompanist, Stanford University (1989 - 1993)
  • Harpsichordist, International Chamber Orchestral of Rome (1989 - 1989)
  • Staff Accompanist, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, San Mateo, California (1987 - 1989)
  • Staff Accompanist, Vocal, Instrumental, and Chamber Music Coach (1987 - 1989)
  • Staff Accompanist, Vocal Coach, Theatreworks, Palo Alto, California (1977 - 1982)
  • Staff Accompanist, West Bay Opera, Palo Alto, California (1972 - 1975)
  • Board Member, Taiko Community Alliance (2013 - Present)
  • Director of Choral Studies, Stanford University (1993 - Present)
  • Executive Director, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, San Mateo, California (1987 - 1989)
  • Director of Purchasing and Division Manager, Sierra Designs, Berkeley, California (1981 - 1986)
  • Search committee member, Stanford University (2013 - 2013)
  • Faculty Lecturer, Kansai Stanford Club, Kyoto, Japan (2011 - 2011)
  • Arts Initiative Planning Committee, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Faculty Lecturer, Stanford University (2010 - 2010)
  • Alumni Association, Chamber Chorale appearance at Alumni Association reception in Seattle, Stanford University (2007 - 2007)
  • Member, Committee on Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid (C-UAFA), Stanford University (2006 - 2009)
  • Member, Search Committee: Lecturer in Voice, Stanford University (2006 - 2006)
  • Panel member, Office of Judicial Affairs, Stanford University (2005 - Present)
  • Faculty Lecturer, Stanford University (2005 - 2005)
  • Member, University Search Committee, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, Stanford University (2005 - 2005)
  • Chair, Search Committee: Director of Orchestral Studies, Stanford University (2003 - 2003)
  • Member, Stanford University (2001 - Present)
  • Conductor, Inauguration of President John Hennessy, Stanford University (2000 - 2000)
  • Visiting Artist Host, Stanford University (2000 - 2000)
  • Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Annual Faculty Lecturer for Academic Expo program, Stanford University (1999 - Present)
  • Member, Committee on Public Events, Stanford University (1999 - 2002)
  • Chair, Stanford University (2000 - 2002)
  • Visiting Artist Host, Stanford University (1999 - 1999)
  • Conductor, Stanford University (1998 - Present)
  • Annual Faculty Lecturer, Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University (1997 - Present)
  • Member, University Search Committee, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, Stanford University (1997 - 1997)
  • Member, Academic Council Teaching Faculty, Stanford University (1996 - Present)
  • Member, Search Committee, Orchestral Studies, Stanford University (1996 - 1997)
  • Faculty Marshall, Commencement Exercises, Stanford University (1995 - Present)
  • Member, Curriculum Committee: Arts. Education and Culture, Stanford University (1995 - 1996)
  • Visiting Artist Host, Stanford University (1995 - 1995)
  • Visiting Artist Host, Stanford University (2000 - 2000)
  • Faculty Advisor, Stanford University (1994 - Present)
  • Graduate Admissions Examination Evaluator, Stanford University (1994 - Present)
  • Freshman Auditions Evaluator, Stanford University (1994 - Present)
  • Member, Ear-Training Concil, Music Department, Stanford University (1994 - 1996)
  • Conductor, Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Exercises, Stanford University (1993 - 1993)
  • Conductor, Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Exercises, Stanford University (1994 - 1994)
  • Pianist, Lou Henry Hoover House (President's residence) for official events, Stanford University (1993 - 2000)
  • Member, Performance Committee, Stanford University (1992 - Present)
  • Chair, Music Department, Stanford University (1997 - 2000)
  • Chair, Music Department, Stanford University (2005 - 2006)
  • President, Stanford Music Students' Association, Stanford University (1992 - 1993)
  • Conductor, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Stanford Viennese Ball, Stanford University (1991 - 1992)
  • Member, Music Guild Committee, Music Department, Stanford University (1991 - 1992)
  • Member, American Choral Directors' Association
  • Member, American Friends of Sarum College
  • Member, Association for Asian American Studies
  • Member, Association of California Symphony Orchestras
  • Member, College Music Society
  • Member, Conductors' Guild
  • Member, Japanese American Museum of San Jose
  • Member, Japanese American National Museum
  • Member, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • Member, Taiko Community Alliance

Professional Education


  • D.M.A., Stanford University, Choral and Orchestral Conducting/Historical Performance Practice (1994)
  • A.M., Stanford University, Choral and Orchestral Conducting (1991)
  • B.A., San Jose State University, Piano Performance/Music Theory (1981)

2016-17 Courses


All Publications


  • Secrets of Contemporary Slack Key Guitar Sano, S. M., Ho, D. MMI Alfred Publishing Co. Inc. 2001