Rent Our Facilities

Consider the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for your next performance or event! Our new location in the cultural heart of San Francisco's Civic Center neighborhood features some of the most beautiful performance venues in the Bay Area. We are pleased to offer outside organizations the opportunity to rent our facilities for recitals, concerts, master classes, workshops, recording sessions, meetings, seminars and receptions. The Conservatory does not rent to religious or political organizations. All rentals must be approved by the Conservatory.

"Of all the classical concert locales in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's 450-seat Concert Hall ... comes close to being ideal. The vibrant acoustics suit both large and small ensembles. With its symphony-size performance platform, tall windows and elegant Beaux-Arts decor, the auditorium feels intimate yet expansive. It helps that its location in the Hayes valley puts it close to public transportation and great restaurants and bars."
- Chloe Veltman, New York Times

"The Conservatory's 400-seat Concert Hall, which opened last year in the school's new Oak Street digs, proved an ideal acoustical fit for the group (Chanticleer); the sound was clear and crisp throughout, and sight lines are excellent."
- Georgia Rowe, Contra Costa Times

Performance Halls | Rental Fees | Restrictions

Performance Halls

Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
The largest of the three spaces, the Concert Hall is a dramatic performance hall created in a renovated, historic grand ballroom, with a seating capacity of 404. The house section seats 349 and the chorus seating (behind the stage) seats 55. When the stage lift is down, an additional 36 movable seats may be added in front of the stage. The stage dimensions are 50' x 39'. Available pianos are a Hamburg Steinway and a Yamaha.

Take a Virtual Tour HERE.
See a complete Seating Chart HERE.


Sol Joseph Recital Hall
This extraordinary, intimate modern hall seats up to 121 with a combination of fixed and movable chairs. It has two levels; the floor section seats 90 and the balcony seats 31. The stage is approximately 36' x 20'. The Recital Hall also has a small pit with a baby grand piano. Available pianos are Hamburg and American Steinways.

Take a Virtual Tour HERE.
See a complete Seating Chart HERE.


Osher Salon
The smallest and most versatile hall, the Osher Salon has a seating capacity of 100 movable seats. Its single-level layout and available large projection screen makes this space ideal for meetings, dinners and seminars. The room dimensions are 42' x 36'. Available pianos are Hamburg and American Steinways

Take a Virtual Tour HERE.

Rental Fees

Effective May 12, 2014

Non-Profit One-Day Rentals

Performance Space Up to 6 hours 6 hours or more
Concert Hall (404 seats)$1900$2500
Recital Hall (121 Seats)$1300$1700
Osher Salon (100 Seats)$850$1100

Classroom Up to 4 hours 4 hours or more
All sizes$50 per hour$75 per hour


For up to 125 standing 
(café or 2nd floor)

  $450 w/Café Crème services 
(catering costs are charged separately)
$550 w/supplied food or outside caterer 
200-350 standing (café, first
floor landing, and second floor)
 $900 w/Café Crème* services
(catering costs are charged separately)
$1,100 w/ supplied food or outside caterer

*Café Crème information below

Rates Subject to Change

All performance halls have two nine-foot concert grand pianos and one green room/warm-up room. Performance hall rentals include use of green room/warm-up room, concert grand pianos (tuning required for performances), plus chairs and stands. All classrooms have grand pianos (tuning may be required). Classroom rentals also include a warm-up room, if necessary. Basic concert lighting is provided.

Services/Equipment (no charge with rental)

  • Use of box office windows (day of performance only; excludes use of phones, computers, printers and fax machines). Tables may also be used for sales.
  • Extra warm-up rooms, as needed
  • Use of six and eight-foot tables
  • One event posting on Conservatory website calendar
  • Directional signs, as needed

Requests/Soft Holds

Please direct rental inquiries to Seth Ducey, Production Manager, at or 415.503.6257. All rentals must be approved by Conservatory staff. The Conservatory does not rent to religious or political organizations, or for the purposes of benefits or fundraisers.

After requests are approved and the dates(s) cleared, the Production Manager will place a soft hold on the performance dates for 30 days. If there is a challenge to the HOLD by another organization, the organization holding dates must submit a 25% deposit for the estimated costs within seven business days of notification of the challenge. If a deposit is not received, the HOLD will be released.


To confirm a rental, the Conservatory requires a signed performance agreement and a 25% deposit without exception. Full payments can also be made. There is $150 administrative fee for all rentals.

Balance payments must be delivered to the Production Manager or Assistant Production Manager on or before the day of the event. Late payments will result $100 fee for each day the balance payment is not received.

If required, proof of insurance is required within thirty (30) days of the event date.

Services/Extra Costs

Piano tuning, weekdays $145
Multiple weekday tunings $125 each
Piano tuning, weekends$165
Multiple weekend tunings $150 each
Piano tuning, weekends, two or more $150 per piano
Use of baroque instruments (tuning included) $200 per day
Conservatory performance staff $20/hr per person (staff assigned by Production Manager)
Audio or video recording$200 (both, $300)
A/V equipment setup$75 (includes sound check)
A/V technician$50 per hour
Use of orchestra risers$150 per day
Lighting technician$20 per hour

Rates Subject to Change
The Conservatory reserves the right to increase fees for large or complex organizations, including symphony orchestras.

All performance halls have two nine-foot grand pianos and green room/warm up room. Performance hall rentals come with use of pianos, green room, backstage areas, chairs, stands, and use of acoustic baffles. Classroom rentals include use of pianos (tuning may be required) and warm-up rooms.

Best Months/Times for Renting

September, October, January-February, and June-August; evenings and weekends are recommended.


Pianos: Pianos are tuned by Conservatory staff only. Tunings are required for any performance, but not for dress rehearsals. Prepared piano music may only be performed on the Knabe seven-foot grand. Renting organizations may not bring in pianos.

Baroque Instruments: The Conservatory has three harpsichords and one fortepiano. Use requires permission of Conservatory baroque faculty and production manager. They are tuned by Conservatory independent contractors only (see fees above). Multiple tunings require higher fees.

Use of Conservatory instruments: Renting organizations may not use instruments owned by the Conservatory.

Use of Conservatory percussion: In most cases, renting organizations may not use Conservatory percussion. If requested for a rental, the Production Manager will contact the Conservatory percussion department assistant for special permission.

Receptions and Reception Areas: See above for reception area rental rates and fees. Conservatory provides the reception space and tables only (six foot and eight foot). Reception areas MUST be reserved as part of the rental package.

Existing furniture in the Conservatory's reception areas can be adjusted or removed as necessary. The renting party must provide all necessary food, water and drinks and service items. The renting party is also responsible for removal of all service items. At the conclusion of a reception, renting parties are responsible for collecting trash and placing in the proper receptacles. The Conservatory will recycle bottles and cans.

*Catering: Cafe Creme is the official caterer for the Conservatory of Music. Contact Info: or 415-503-6295.

Load In: The Conservatory has one main entrance (50 Oak Street) and one loading dock (Hickory Street, behind the Conservatory). All carried items and instruments may come through the main entrance; all large items/instruments and catering equipment/service items must come through the loading dock. All hand trucks, dollies, carts or other transports with wheels must come through the loading dock. Conservatory hand trucks may not be used for delivery. Conservatory security will open the loading dock.

Cleaning Supplies/Equipment: Conservatory staff or janitors do not provide cleanings agents, brooms, mops, etc. to renting organizations.

Lighting: All rentals include basic performance lighting (pre-sets only). Special lighting is provided by Conservatory staff only, using Conservatory equipment only. Renting organizations may not use outside lighting technicians. Any use of gels, gobos or lighting refocus requires rental of a genie lift, to be paid for by the renting organization.

Tickets: Renting organizations must use an outside ticket service or provide its own tickets. The Conservatory does not offer support for ticket sales.

Box Office: The Conservatory Box Office windows may be used for ticket sales/will call on the day of performances only, based on availability. The Conservatory does not provide a cash box or cash to renting organizations. Renting organizations should leave the box office in the condition it was found.

Programs: The Conservatory does not provide concert programs.

Public Relations: The Conservatory does not provide any public relations support or service. The Conservatory does not produce posters, flyers or other advertisements for outside organizations. Renting organizations may not post the names of their donors or benefactors at the Conservatory.

Volunteer Ushers: Rental organizations may provide volunteer ushers. Please contact the Production Manager for staffing recommendations.

Storage: Storage at the Conservatory will be handled on a case-by-case basis and is based on availability. The Conservatory is not responsible for damage, lost or stolen items – storage is at the risk of the renting organization.

Other Restrictions:

  • Renting organizations may not use Conservatory phones, computers, fax machines, copiers, printers or the Touchscreen computer (near main entrance).
  • Renting organizations may not post the names of their donors or benefactors at the Conservatory.
  • The Conservatory does not own choral risers. If needed, renting organizations must provide them.
  • Cellists and bassists must use rockstops in any performance space, practice room or classroom.