Maya Barsacq is the founder and conductor of Cadenza, a chamber orchestra based in Santa Cruz, now in its seventh season. An ardent and dedicated advocate of classical music and especially contemporary classical music, Barsacq has strived to champion new compositions since the inception of the orchestra. She has conducted two world premieres, seven US premieres, and three West Coast premieres with Cadenza. She also works as a freelance music director, conducting opera, and musical theater pieces. Barsacq is a strong advocate of music education and appreciation in and out of the classroom. For eight years she also hosted a radio show, “The Aeolian Impromptu”, on KUSP , and is the proud recipient of the 2005 Gail Rich Award for her dedication to the arts. For more information, visit scmusic.org.