John Stubbs John Stubbs is a longtime musical pillar of the San Diego orchestral and ballet world. A member of the San Diego Symphony's violin section, John Stubbs has recently been named Music Director and Conductor of the Golden State Ballet Company which will make it company debut at the Civic Theatre in December 2021 with the San Diego Symphony. For many seasons, John Stubbs conducted the San Diego Symphony for California Ballet Company productions ranging from ballet standards such as The Nutcracker, Paquita, and Serenade to premieres of new works with music of Bach, Vivaldi, De Falla, Albinoni, George Crumb, and Yoav Talmi. Additionally, Stubbs has the Colorado Springs Symphony, the Wyoming Symphony, and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra at the re-opening Gala of the historic Balboa Theatre. Stubbs conducted the world premiere of “ALICE: Re-imagining Wonderland through Dance, Music and Spoken Word,” a collaboration between The Art of Élan and Colette Harding Contemporary Dance Company with a commissioned score by composer Joseph Hallman. Recently Mr. Stubbs traveled to Japan to conduct the full length ballet, “La Bayadere”, for the Ochi International Ballet in Nagoya, Japan.

In addition, Mr. Stubbs is the creator and director of Luscious Noise, an eclectic performance series at local jazz club Anthology, bringing new audiences to classical music through the combination of live music and videos in a hip dinner club setting.

Mr. Stubbs' Tchaikovsky research has led him to make critical corrections to Tchaikovsky's Serenade and Nutcracker scores.

When not performing, studying, or conducting, Mr. Stubbs enjoys a nice glass of red wine with his wife, and former Prima Ballerina, Denise Dabrowski.

“Working with John is a pleasure. I find him to be professional, patient, adaptive and calm; qualities that are greatly appreciated by any dancer working with a conductor.”

Cory Stearns, Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre

“John Stubbs is very sensitive and inspiring to the dancers whenever he conducts a performance”

Stanko Milov, Principal Dancer, Pacific Northwest Ballet

“John Stubbs not only manages to make the audience literally feel the music but also pays the most attention to the dancers on stage, following their slightest signs accordingly-a quality rarely seen!”

Gregor Hatala, Soloist, Wiener Staatsoper