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SFCM faculty members Tim Day (flute), Wei He '98 (violin), César Ulloa (voice) and Daniel Wood (Pre-College musicianship and composition) are among those featured in a series of new videos.


$1 Million Getty Challenge Met! Thank you to our generous donors and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation for helping to launch the bold transformation of the Conservatory.

Concert Changes:
The faculty recital on Monday, October 20, featuring William Wellborn, piano, has been cancelled.

The faculty recital on Sunday, November 2, featuring Wei He, violin, and Yoshikazu Nagai, piano, has been cancelled.


The Game On video conference has been rescheduled as a free event to be held Tuesday, November 25.


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Seventeen Student Critics to Join Rubin Institute

Rubin InstituteWielding pens instead of instruments, four SFCM students will be among 17 students from five schools to compete for a $10,000 prize in November during the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. They'll join writers from The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle among other noted publications. Armchair critics will also have a chance to take part by submitting reviews in competition for the $1,000 Everyone's A Critic Audience Review Prize.  Read more.

Game Scoring Conference Rescheduled

Game On!

The Game On video game scoring conference, previously announced as a two-day event with charged pre-registration on November 1 and 2, has been rescheduled as a truncated, free of charge event on Tuesday, November 25 at 6:30 pm at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The event will feature a Demo Derby industry critique of participants' demos, a panel of industry experts, and an evening of string quartets by game and film composers including Austin Wintory, Lennie Moore, SFCM composition chair David Conte and Dren McDonald. Demo Derby submissions are due by November 16 at midnight to rbrown@sfcm.edu

Sérgio Assad, guitar faculty

Sergio AssadLatin Grammy Award-winning guitarist and composer Sérgio Assad of the acclaimed Assad Brothers Duo talks about the world of possibilities open to guitarists at SFCM.

Guitar Department Celebrates a Milestone

Guitar DepartmentSFCM's guitar department celebrated its 50th anniversary in historic style, with a live-streamed concert featuring 43 guitarists, an expansive selection of repertoire and a pair of vintage instruments from the Harris Guitar Collection. Read the review from Classical Guitar.

SFCM's Focus on
Professional Development

Professional DevelopmentSFCM's Professional Development and Engagement Center helps students focus on life after graduation. Visit the PDEC page for a video introduction and descriptions of wide-ranging career resources from grantwriting assistance to software training. The Wall Street Journal recently featured SFCM and cited MaryClare Brzytwa, associate dean of new media and music technology, in an article about arts school programs that are preparing students for careers in an evolving industry. Read the full article

Guitar Alumni Arrange a Sweep

Britton and Lyon Alumni swept the recent Seconda Prattica International Arrangement Competition for Solo Guitar presented in conjunction with the Great Lakes Guitar Society 2014 Guitar Festival. John Britton '12 won first and second place for arrangements of Debussy and Durey while Matthew Lyons '14 won third place for reworking a tune by Paul McCartney.

SFCM Introduces New Program in Scoring for Film, Games, and Media

Early action application deadline: 
December 1. Learn more

SFCM is preparing to offer composers professional training in the production studio as well as the concert hall to ready them for careers in the burgeoning fields of sound design and film and video game scoring.  Read more.

Expert Tips for a Successful School Audition

As school application season hits fever pitch, SFCM's Director of Admission Melissa Cocco-Mitten and President David H. Stull share some tips on the process in Playbill magazine.

Voice Teacher Ulloa and Student Grisez Honored at Convocation

San Francisco Conservatory of Music voice faculty César Ulloa received the Sarlo Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching at a special Convocation ceremony held in the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall on Wednesday, September 24.  Mark Grisez '15 was honored with the Presser Scholarship, an award for musical achievement and academic excellence. The collegiate senior recently won a one-year appointment as acting associate principal trumpet with the San Francisco Symphony. Read more.

Voice Students Advance in Met Competition

Conservatory students made a strong showing at the district round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions with two singers from SFCM advancing to the next level. Soprano Amina Edris, a graduate student in the studio of César Ulloa, and baritone Christian Pursell, a senior studying with Barbara Honn, go on to compete in the Western Regional Finals in Los Angeles on November 8. Tenor Mason Neipp, a student of Ulloa, and soprano Molly Wilson '14, a recent alumna and student of Catherine Cook, received special encouragement awards.

Soprano Adams Featured in Musical America

The music industry website Musical America features soprano Julie Adams '13 as its New Artist of the Month for October. Adams was recently named an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera Center where she joins fellow SFCM alumni A.J. Glueckert '10, tenor, and Efraín Solís '13, baritone. All are students of César Ulloa. Reflecting on a string a recent triumphs, including her win at the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Adams tells Musical America "I never dreamed of coming this far. Honestly, I still can't believe I'm here."

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