Foxboro native up for a Grammy

Sara Jobin grew up in Foxboro, has been nominated for a grammy award.

FOXBORO - Sara Jobin might not be as famous as Taylor Swift, but she still could become a Grammy winner.

Jobin, a Foxboro native, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the classical music category for a recording of an opera she conducted in 1997 at Wolf Trap, near Washington, D.C.

The nomination comes for a recording of "Volpone," by American composer John Musto.

"It's based on an old English comedy," Jobin explained. "It's a satire about greed."

Jobin was conducting the Wolf Trap Opera Company at the time.

"I was a guest conductor that summer for the company, and all the singers were guests, too," she said. "We all just came together for that project."

And that unlikely recording, available at Amazon.com, turned out to catch the eye of the Grammy judges.

The awards are being announced this week, culminating with Sunday night's big television production featuring the major pop music categories and stars such as Swift.

Jobin recently moved back to Massachusetts from California, where she conducted the San Francisco Opera, among many others, since graduating from Harvard and Radcliffe colleges.

Jobin was born in Foxboro, and started her conducting career with a brief stint with the choir at St. Mark's Church on South Street.

Her brother, Andrew, still lives in town. Her two sisters, Camille and Laura, also grew up in Foxboro and will be traveling to San Francisco this weekend to celebrate with her Grammy success.

She is the daughter of Bill Jobin, a long-time resident and school board member who remains peripherally involved in the cleanup of Neponset Reservoir.

Sara Jobin entered Harvard/Radcliffe at age 16 as a Leonard Bernstein Music Scholar. After graduation, as a John Knowles Paine Travelling Fellow, she studied conducting with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School.

In 1999, she was the first recipient of the JoAnn Falletta Award from The Women's Philharmonic, and in 2004 she had the honor of making history as the first woman to conduct mainstage subscription performances at the San Francisco Opera.

The Solti Foundation acknowledged her with a special grant in 2006, and she was a visiting artist at Harvard in 2008.

She has conducted many top performances, including the world premiere of Philip Glass' "Appomattox" for San Francisco Opera, and led a production for that company of Rachel Portman's "The Little Prince" last year.

Recent credits elsewhere include another Glass world premiere, "The Bacchae," with the New York Shakespeare Festival, and "Carmen," with the Anchorage Opera.

She has also conducted with the Tacoma Opera, Arizona Opera and at the Crucible School for Fine Arts in Oakland, Calif.

Recent orchestral debuts have included Symphony Silicon Valley and the Dayton Philharmonic. Jobin made a successful European debut with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players at the MANCA Festival in Nice, France, last fall, and will return to Europe to conduct the Bochum Symphoniker in Germany.

Not one to fit neatly into categories, Jobin has a black belt in judo, and was the 2006 National Champion in Ju-no-kata.

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