Ann Krinitsky has recently completed long and rewarding tenures as Director of both the Marin Symphony Youth Performance programs and the award-winning Virtuoso Program at San Domenico School. As Conductor of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, she performed at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall and Sonoma State University's Green Center, recorded annually at Skywalker Studios, and toured internationally to Eastern Europe, performing for sold-out audiences in Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. Nestled in the hills of Marin County, San Domenico's Virtuoso Program has welcomed illustrious guest artists and prepared talented young string players for major careers as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral members.

As guest conductor with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Krinitsky has led concerts on Oahu as well as on tour to the neighbor islands of Hawaii and Kauai. She annually conducts the orchestra for Ballet Hawaii's Nutcracker and has recently led several sold out Live to Film concert performances at Honolulu's historic Hawaii Theater. She has enjoyed numerous collaborations with Chamber Music Hawaii and the Onium Ballet Project and performed for a crowd of 40,000 at Ala Moana Beach Park as part of the Memorial Day Lantern Floating Ceremony.  She has also guest conducted the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival String Orchestra and the Maui Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

In the Bay Area, 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 Sacramento Philharmonic, the Women's Philharmonic, the Camellia Symphony, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Marin Chamber Orchestra, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra and appeared as Conductor of the Chautauqua Summer Camp Orchestra in western New York state.  She has also served on the faculty at Laney College in Oakland.  

Graduating with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied with Michael Senturia, Ms. Krinitsky completed three summers of study with Harold Farberman and various visiting artists at the Conductors' Institute at Hartt School of Music in Connecticut. In 1993 she was invited to participate in the American Composer-Conductor Program, designed to allow five conductors and five composers exchange knowledge and expertise.

Ms. Krinitsky received the 2000-01 JoAnn Falletta Conducting Award. Given by The Women's Philharmonic and funded by the Stein Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, the award and accompanying prize money recognize women actively pursuing careers as conductors. She has championed the work of numerous emerging and established women composers, served on the Board of the Women's Philharmonic Advocacy, and has collaborated with international artists including Midori and Chee Yun Kim.

Ms. Krinitsky's experience playing saxophone and jazz piano has kept her well versed in popular as well as classical music. In 1992 she was Musical Director for New Girl in Town, a 1957 Broadway musical presented at the Masquers' Playhouse in Point Richmond. In addition to her conducting duties, she has performed nationally as a violinist and is a published music transcriber, arranger and copyist. She has served as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator at various festivals and competitions. She is married to conductor Stuart Chafetz.

Full bio

The various instruments and artistic disciplines I've studied -- piano, violin, saxophone, ballet, calligraphy, graphic design, jazz, arranging -- have together led to a rewarding career as an orchestral conductor.  Helping a group of musicians achieve more together than they can separately is a unparalleled thrill and a tremendous privilege.


Creative programming

Marin Symphony's 2013 Family Concert featured an original script and the music of Hector Berlioz as well as viola soloist Alexandra Simpson, San Domenico alumna and identical twin of the heroine of the award-winning animated feature, Brave.  

Enriching experiences

The Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra has spent several days at Skywalker Ranch in Nicasio, laying down tracks. 2022 marked our seventh recording date.


Women in Music

San Domenico's Orchestra da Camera presented annual concerts introducing audiences to the music of Bacewicz, Bond, Chen, Gallagher, Lane, Tann, and Zwilich, among others, and was recognized with a grant from the New York Women Composers in 2014.

Performing, transcribing, arranging, recording, producing.



Ann Krinitsky, Conductor