Kayleen Asbo

Guest Artist

Kayleen Asbo is a passionate scholar: a cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who weaves myth, music, psychology, history and art with experiential learning. A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for seventeen years, Kayleen also teaches regularly for the Osher Life Long Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University and Dominican University. Her classes on a wide array of topics ranging from Depth Psychology to Dante to Contemporary Classical Music have been hailed as "inspirational", "fascinating and compelling", "transformational"  and "truly life changing".
Educated at Smith College, Mills College, the San Francisco Conservatory, Pacifica Graduate Institute and the University of California, Kayleen wrote her Ph.D dissertation on Passion and Paradox: The Myths of Mary Magdalene in Music, Art and Culture. Kayleen also holds three master's degrees: one each in music (piano performance),  mythology and psychology. Kayleen has been a guest presenter and lecturer on the intersection of history, mythology, psychology and the arts at Oxford University in England, the Assisi Institute of Depth Psychology Conference in Italy, the Houston Jung Institute, Chartres Cathedral in France, Grace Cathedral and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. In 2016, she has taken on the roles as a pre-concert lecturer with the San Francisco Opera and Santa Rosa Symphony and has become a consultant in archetypal psychology, myth and ritual for Proctor and Gamble.

The Creative Director and Resident Mythologist for the Mythica Foundation for Education, Contemplation and the Arts, Kayleen leads workshops and retreats throughout the country and offers a pilgrimage to sacred sites in France every year.

Video Previews

Hear Kayleen's engaging insights into the 2017-2018 Symphony season's first five programs October – February, which have been handcrafted by each of the Music Director Candidates.

Want to learn about the music prior to attending the concerts?  Click the links below to watch five concert video previews in which Kayleen describes the individual concert programs, placing them into historical perspective and the composers' personal context.

October 7, 8 9, 2017:  Francesco Lecce Chong  "Beethoven to Bates"
November 4, 5, 6, 2017:  Mei-Ann Chen  "Exhilarating Journey"
December 2, 3, 4, 2017: Andrew Grams  "A Luscious Euro Sound"
January 13, 14, 15, 2018:  Graeme Jenkins  "Timeless Treasures"
February 10, 11, 12, 2018:  Michael Christie  "Enter the New World"

Concert Conversations

During the first five Classical Series concerts, Kayleen will interview each Music Director Candidate. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A with the Candidate. These Concert Conversations are general seating and free to Classical Series concert ticket holders.

Concert Conversations are approximately 30 minutes and take place in Weill Hall.
Saturdays at 7 PM, Sundays at 2 PM, Mondays at 7 PM

For more information about Kayleen, please visit her website.