Dawn Harms leads an active musical life as a violinist, violist, chamber musician, and conductor. A member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Dawn also performs as co-concertmaster with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. She is a member of the Harmida Piano Trio and the founder and conductor of the Elixir Chamber Orchestra. She is also the co-founder and music director of the Music at Kirkwood chamber music festival, and currently serves on the music faculty at Stanford University. Dawn is often a featured concerto soloist with orchestras from Boston to the Bay Area. A strong advocate for children's music education, she was conductor and music director of the Amarillo Youth Orchestra and continues to design and perform educational concerts throughout the United States. In addition to the "The Hot Canary," her solo CD, Dawn is featured with Carolyn Mills, harpist, on 'The Black Swan.' She has also collaborated with her cousin Tom Waits on his recordings "Alice" and "Blood Money." Dawn earned a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory, where she was a student of Dorothy Delay and Josef Gingold, and a Master of Music from the State University of New York at Stonybrook.