Dana Fonteneau

Dana Fonteneau (San Francisco, CA) draws on her diverse background in music, business, finance, and psychology to help her clients attain greater personal and career success. She is part performance coach, management consultant, financial advisor, and therapist. Her international practice is centered in the arts where she works with top soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestral musicians, actors, dancers, and educators, as well as with leading administrators, board members, and managers. Her clients have included Grammy Award-winners, Avery Fisher career grant recipients, and Fulbright Scholars. She has also worked with members of the Boston, Dallas, and Seattle Symphonies and faculty members from the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, and San Francisco Conservatory. 

Dana has appeared as a guest speaker at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, Rice University, University of Texas at Austin, and the San Francisco Conservatory. She has presented at the Chamber Music America National Conference, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals Conference, the United States Marine Band, and Eighth Blackbird’s Creative Lab. Dana’s writing can be found on her blog The WholeHearted Musician™, and in feature articles for Strings Magazine and Chamber Music Magazine. Her book, It's Not (JUST) About the Gig, examines what success means to musicians and how to achieve it. 

Dana is a conservatory trained musician who has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player around the world. She holds degrees in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory. Additionally, she holds a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, is a Demartini Method and Demartini Values Facilitator, and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC49425) in the State of California. Past Yellow Barn musician (1999-2001)