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 - 2016)
  • 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 (Haydn: Nelsonmesse. Daniel Ho Creations), National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) (2015)
  • 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)
  • Hawaiian Music Award finalist (Omoide: Remembrance, w/Ozzie Kotani. Daniel Ho Creations), Music Foundation of Hawai'i (2003)
  • Na Hoku Hanohano Award fianlist, Daniel Ho Creations (2002)
  • Faculty Award, Stanford Asian American Awards, Stanford University (2001)
  • Nā Hōkū Hanohano finalist (A Taro Patch Christmas, w/Ozzie Kotani. Daniel Ho Creations), Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts (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, Music Teachers' Association of California Piano Scholarship (1976)
  • 1st Place, San Jose State University John B. Gustavson Piano Scholarship (1976)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, Conductors' Guild
  • Member, Japanese American Museum of San Jose
  • Member, American Friends of Sarum College
  • Member, Association for Asian American Studies
  • Member, Association of California Symphony Orchestras
  • Member, College Music Society
  • Member, Japanese American National Museum
  • Member, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • Member, American Choral Directors' Association
  • Member, Taiko Community Alliance
  • Member, Provost's Budget Group, Stanford University (2017 - Present)
  • Chair, Director of Orchestral Studies Search Committee, Stanford University (2016 - 2017)
  • Member, Board on Judicial Affairs, Stanford University (2016 - 2017)
  • Member, Stanford Live Advisory Council, Stanford University (2014 - Present)
  • Board Member, Taiko Community Alliance (2013 - 2015)
  • Search committee member, Stanford University (2013 - 2013)
  • Arts Initiative Planning Committee, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Faculty Lecturer, Kansai Stanford Club, Kyoto, Japan (2011 - 2011)
  • Guest Conductor, Doshisha Joshi Daigaku Chorus. Kyoto, Japan (2011 - 2011)
  • Guest Conductor, Elizabeth University (2011 - 2011)
  • Guest Conductor, Kobe Joshi Daigaku, Kobe, Japan (2011 - 2011)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (2010 - 2010)
  • Guest Conductor, George Mason University University Singers (2010 - 2010)
  • Guest Conductor, Chatham Baroque & National Gallery of Art Chamber Players, Washington, DC (2010 - 2010)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (2009 - 2009)
  • Alumni Association, Chamber Chorale appearance at Alumni Association reception in Seattle, Stanford University (2007 - 2007)
  • Guest Conductor, Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, England (2007 - 2007)
  • Guest Conductor, Choir of Trinity College (2007 - 2007)
  • Guest Conductor, Exultate Singers. Bristol, Gloucestershire, England (2007 - 2007)
  • Chair, Music Department, Stanford University (2006 - 2016)
  • 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 - 2007)
  • Faculty Lecturer, Stanford University (2005 - 2005)
  • Guest Conductor, Kammerchor der Universität der Künste Berlin (2005 - 2005)
  • Guest Conductor, Kammerchor der Universität Wien (2005 - 2005)
  • Member, University Search Committee, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, Stanford University (2005 - 2005)
  • Conductor, Oakland Symphony Chorus Sing-In, Oakland, California (2004 - 2004)
  • Chair, Search Committee: Director of Orchestral Studies, Stanford University (2003 - 2003)
  • Conductor, Wells Cathedral School Chapel Choir (2003 - 2003)
  • Guest Conductor, Wells Cathedral Brass and Percussion Ensemble, Somerset, England (2003 - 2003)
  • Prep Conductor, Stanford University (2002 - 2002)
  • Conductor, Oakland Symphony Chorus Sing-In, Oakland, California (2001 - 2001)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (2001 - 2001)
  • Conductor, The Joyful Company of Singers, Stanford Chamber Chorale (2001 - 2001)
  • Invited Sideman (piano), Honolulu Symphony Orchestra (2001 - 2001)
  • Chair, Stanford University (2000 - 2002)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (2000 - 2000)
  • Conductor, Inauguration of President John Hennessy, Stanford University (2000 - 2000)
  • Guest Conductor, Wells Cathedral Brass and Percussion Ensemble, Somerset, England (2000 - 2000)
  • Visiting Artist Host, 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 - 2010)
  • Member, Committee on Public Events, Stanford University (1999 - 2002)
  • Visiting Artist Host, Stanford University (1999 - 1999)
  • Chorusmaster, Stanford University (1998 - 1998)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (1998 - 1998)
  • Faculty Lecturer, Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University (1997 - Present)
  • Chair, Music Department, Stanford University (1997 - 2000)
  • 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)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (1996 - 1996)
  • Guest Conductor, Highlands Chamber Orchestra. San Bruno, California (1996 - 1996)
  • Faculty Marshall, Commencement Exercises, Stanford University (1995 - Present)
  • Member, Curriculum Committee: Arts. Education and Culture, Stanford University (1995 - 1996)
  • 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)
  • Music Director and Conductor, Wilkes University Encore Chamber Singers. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (1995 - 1995)
  • Visiting Artist Host, Stanford University (1995 - 1995)
  • Faculty Advisor, Stanford University (1994 - Present)
  • Freshman Auditions Evaluator, Stanford University (1994 - Present)
  • Graduate Admissions Examination Evaluator, Stanford University (1994 - Present)
  • Member, Ear-Training Concil, Music Department, Stanford University (1994 - 1996)
  • Conductor, Schola Cantorum Summer Sing, Mountain View, California (1994 - 1994)
  • Conductor, Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Exercises, Stanford University (1994 - 1994)
  • Director of Choral Studies, Stanford University (1993 - Present)
  • Pianist, Lou Henry Hoover House (President's residence) for official events, Stanford University (1993 - 2000)
  • Conductor, Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Exercises, Stanford University (1993 - 1993)
  • Conductor, Stanford University Messiah Sing, Stanford University (1992 - Present)
  • Member, Performance Committee, Stanford University (1992 - Present)
  • Music Director, Stanford University (1992 - 1993)
  • President, Stanford Music Students' Association, Stanford University (1992 - 1993)
  • Director of Music and Conductor, Stanford University (1992 - 1992)
  • Music Director and Conductor, Stanford University (1992 - 1992)
  • Guest Conductor, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra. San Mateo, California (1991 - Present)
  • Assistant Director, Stanford University (1991 - 1992)
  • Conductor, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Stanford Viennese Ball, Stanford University (1991 - 1992)
  • Member, Music Guild Committee, Music Department, Stanford University (1991 - 1992)
  • Conductor, Stanford University (1991 - 1991)
  • Music Director and Conductor, Stanford University (1990 - 2001)
  • Director of Music and Conductor, Stanford University (1990 - 1990)
  • Music Director and Conductor, Stanford University (1990 - 1990)
  • Assistant Director, Stanford University (1989 - 1993)
  • Staff Accompanist, Stanford University (1989 - 1993)
  • Harpsichordist, International Chamber Orchestral of Rome (1989 - 1989)
  • Executive Director, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, San Mateo, California (1987 - 1989)
  • Staff Accompanist, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, San Mateo, California (1987 - 1989)
  • Staff Accompanist, Vocal, Instrumental, and Chamber Music Coach (1987 - 1989)
  • Director of Purchasing and Division Manager, Sierra Designs, Berkeley, California (1981 - 1986)
  • Director, First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto Chamber Choir, Palo Alto, California (1978 - 1981)
  • Director of Music and Conductor, Theatreworks, Palo Alto, California (1977 - 1982)
  • Staff Accompanist, Vocal Coach, Theatreworks, Palo Alto, California (1977 - 1982)
  • Freelance Collaborative Pianist, San Francisco Bay Area (1972 - 1993)
  • Director's Assistant, West Bay Opera, Palo Alto, California (1972 - 1975)
  • Staff Accompanist, West Bay Opera, Palo Alto, California (1972 - 1975)

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)

2017-18 Courses


All Publications


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