Jim Stopher is a conductor, pianist, composer, and educator. Now in his fourth season as Music Director of the College of Marin Symphony Orchestra, Stopher recently completed four seasons in the same role with the Joliet (IL) Symphony Orchestra. At the College of Marin, he teaches courses in music history, theory, and ear training, and serves as chair of the music department. Born in Louisville, KY, Stopher holds degrees from Harvard University (BA), the University of Arizona (MM), and the Peabody Conservatory (DMA). He lives in San Rafael with his wife, Dana Sadava, along with their dog, Summer, and cat, Darla.