Music Director

Presenter and Sponsor of Fine Music and Music Education

The Bay Area Music Foundation is a 501(c)(3) professional corporation as described in section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Franchise Tax Code.


Silicon Valley Symphony
Bay Area Little Symphony

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Michael Paul Gibson is the Music Director,  Conductor and founder of the Silicon Valley Symphony and the Music Director and CEO of the Bay Area Music Foundation.

Maestro Gibson is one of the most versatile and experienced conductors in the Bay Area since 1975.  Founder of the Silicon Valley Symphony he was previously music director of the Foothill Orchestra, the founding music director of the Menlo Park Chorus, and music director at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos.  He has conducted numerous ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to church choirs and last year in a new collaboration between the Silicon Valley Symphony and the San Jose Dance Theater he conducted Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.  In addition to conducting, his expertise in recording and editing audio and video makes it possible via his company BACH to Music to hear and watch the Silicon Valley Symphony on its website (

YouTube  Watch Michael conduct Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5 in E Minor” in a fine performance with the Foothill Orchestra on YouTube.  The complete performance is in 7 parts due to YouTube time limits and is available on this webpage.

While serving in the United States Air Force, Gibson played in the Norad Band and Air Force Academy Band.  He founded and was Music Director for the Colorado Springs Chamber Music Society from 1971 - 1974, which received tremendous local recognition, attracted audiences of 1200 per concert, appeared in a 30 minute TV show on KRDO Television, and did numerous radio broadcasts on KRDO Radio.  Gibson has created many electronic music compositions and arrangements.

Maestro Gibson has had master classes with Georg Solti and Carlo Maria Giulini working with the Chicago Symphony, Neville Marriner with the Los Angles Chamber Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman at San Francisco State University, and Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach) with the Denver Symphony. He studied orchestral conducting with Bernard Rubenstein (NU), John Miller (Denver Sym.), and Lazlo Varga (SFSU); instrumental conducting from John Paynter(NU); and choral conducting with Margaret Hillis (Chicago Symphony Chorus) at Northwestern University from which he holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting degrees. He played trombone in the Denver Symphony, Bohemian Club Orchestra, and the San Francisco 49ers Band. 

Gibson is also Music Director and CEO of the Bay Area Music Foundation, a 501(c)(e) non-profit corporation, fiscal sponsor of the SVS.  He also offers expertise in business, operating his own company, BACH to Music.  Please visit his web site for details and resume. (415) 287-6002