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San Domenico School News & Events

#FacesOfSD - Ann Krinitsky


In order to share more of our amazing community here at SD, we offer this weekly #FacesOfSD to give you a chance to learn more about our faculty and staff. Today we are thrilled to introduce Ann Krinitsky, the Virtuoso Program Music Director.

Ann Krinitsky is in her sixth year directing the Marin Symphony Youth Performance programs and the Virtuoso Program at San Domenico School. Ann comes from a musical background, both of her parents are musicians, and she is married to another conductor. She studied ballet for 10 years and has played violin, piano and saxophone. She has performed for audiences large and small that have included Prince Charles and Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama.

Ann is a frequent guest conductor with the Honolulu and Hawaii Symphony Orchestras and regularly conducts Ballet Hawaii's Nutcracker. She has also appeared as guest conductor with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival String Orchestra and the Maui Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. In the Bay Area, Ann conducts the Family Concerts with the Marin Symphony and her posts have included Director of Orchestras at Stanford University; Music Director of the Nova Vista Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Berkeley Youth and Community Women’s Orchestras; Conductor of the Acalanes Chamber Orchestra; and Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Mozart Ensemble. She has guest conducted the Women's Philharmonic, the Camellia Symphony, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Marin Chamber Orchestra, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. She has also served on the faculty at Laney College in Oakland and appeared as Conductor of the Chautauqua Summer Orchestra in western New York state.

Here Ann answers our Spotlight questions:

Q. Full name?

A. Ann Krinitsky

Q. Where were you born?

A. I was born in San Francisco, grew up in Marin, and attended UC Berkeley.

Q. Favorite word?

A. Listen

Q. What do you do here at San Domenico? And what is your favorite part of your job?  

A. I direct the Virtuoso Program, conduct the Orchestra da Camera, and conduct Sinfonia. I love to help channel our students’ tremendous talent and musical energy, to introduce them to music that I love so that we can explore and enjoy it together, and to assist in their understanding of how to listen to and support one another. I also enjoy watching their astonishing musical and personal growth during their time at San Domenico.

Q. Which Dominican value inspires you the most this week and why? (Study, Reflection, Community, or Service)

A. Study and Community in particular come together for us the week of the Vivaldi Concert. All of the hard work and preparation we’ve done during our individual practice and group rehearsals provide the foundation for what we hope will be spontaneous, inspired and interactive orchestral playing at concert time.

Q. What are your plans for the weekend?

A. Hiking, swimming, a little deep breathing, and conducting a fantastic Vivaldi Benefit Concert on Sunday at 3:00 pm in HOTA!

Ann, we are so grateful to the music you bring to our community. For your teaching, inspiration, performance, and all you share with SD, thank you so very much!