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New Music Gathering Resonates
New business strategies, new places to perform, new instruments, new relationships. All were dreamt up, discussed, tried out or formed during the three-day New Music Gathering held at SFCM. Allan Kozinn of The Wall Street Journal summarizes the performances as well as the panels and discussions that made the gathering "something more than just another new-music festival." Visit the SFCM newsroom for more coverage and View video excerpts here.
SFCM to Offer New Housing in Fall 2015
The Conservatory is offering a new housing opportunity for students returning and enrolling next fall: state-of-the-art apartments in a new high-rise residence called The Panoramic. Located in San Francisco's dynamic Mid-Market neighborhood, just three blocks from campus, The Panoramic provides rooms with full kitchens and expansive views as well as spaces for study, socializing and practice. Read more.
Bates' Star Rises in Florida
Tenor Daniel Bates '13 opens the spring season at Florida Grand Opera by singing Ferrando in performances of Così fan tutte from January 25 through February 15. An FGO young artist, Bates stars again in March as Nadir in the company's production of The Pearl Fishers. Bates studies with voice department chair Catherine Cook.
Huang Wins Hong Kong Post
Trumpeter Shan Huang '14 has been appointed to a principal, tenure-track position with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, one of the region's major orchestras. Huang, who received his M.M. last May, was a student of Mark Inouye and a member of the SFCM showcase ensemble Noble Trumpets.
Rubin Fellows to Write for SFCV
San Francisco Classical Voice has chosen four student writers from the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism to join its new program for emerging writers. SFCM violinist Patrick Galvin, a senior, is among the group of apprentices who will be hired to regularly write reviews under the mentorship of SFCV founder Robert Commanday and other prominent music journalists who participated in the Rubin Institute, hosted at SFCM last November. Read more.
Leading Industry Artists Join New Program in Scoring for Film, Games and Media
Major figures in the film and game music industry including Leslie Ann Jones, Austin Wintory, Jeff Beal and Laura Karpman will headline SFCM's new Technology and Applied Composition (TAC) program as visiting industry faculty and guest artists. 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.
SFCM's Grammy Prospects
A Far Cry, the Boston-based string orchestra that counts Megumi Stohs Lewis '04 among its 17 members, received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Classical Chamber Music/Small Ensemble for its CD Dreams and Prayers. Stohs Lewis and fellow alumna Margaret Dyer helped found the group seven years ago. Two nominees for Best Musical Theater Album also showcase SFCM talent: the San Francisco Symphony's West Side Story with Michael Tilson Thomas features more than three dozen faculty, staff and alumni, and Walt Disney Records' Aladdin spotlights former Pre-College student Adam Jacobs in the lead role. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's recording of music by faculty composer Mason Bates received a nomination for Best Engineered Album, Classical.
SFCM's Focus on Professional Development
SFCM'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.
Scott Sandmeier, Conservatory Orchestra Music Director
Scott Sandmeier teaches the fine points of ensemble and solo playing with help from history's finest composers as he leads the SFCM Orchestra.