Alumni Recital Series

Officially christened in April 2011 with a recital by Weigang Li (’82), first violinist of the Shanghai Quartet, the Alumni Recital Series expanded in 2011-2012 into a full concert season.   During the 2012-2013 season an additional performance was added to create a four concer series. Designed to strengthen the Conservatory’s connections with alumni as well as the broader Bay Area community, the series brings several outstanding alumni artists back to their alma mater each year for command performances.  By both greatly expanding upon the breadth of the Conservatory's concert offerings and displaying the enormous talent pool of the alumni community, performances in the Alumni Recital Series have quickly become some of the most popular events held at the institution.

2013-2014 Alumni Recital Series

Due to strong interest from both audience members and prospective alumni performers alike, the Alumni Recital Series is a four concert series, which includes a showcase to kick-off the school year and three full length concerts. Performers for this series are chosen by the Alumni Network Committee. If you are an alum of the Conservatory and would like to be considered for this series, please email Makela Clay, Manager of Alumni Relations at

September 6, 2013 - Alumni Showcase highlighting composition alumni

o   More Gargoyles by Frank Wallace (’74) and Witch Wagon by Kevin Villalta (’13) composition played by Mobius Trio (Mason Fish ’11, Matthew Holmes-Linder ’11, and Robert Nance ’11)

o   A Celebration of Vitality by Mark Ackerley (’10)  and String Quartet by Mario Godoy (’13) played byFriction Quartet (Doug Machiz ’12, Kevin Rogers ’11, Otis Harriel ’13, and Pei – Ling Lin ’12)

o   Two Poems of William Butler Yeats by Joseph Stillwell (’10) played by Valinor Winds (Sasha Launer  ’11, Jessica Huntsman  ’12, Brenden Guy ’10, Alexis Luque ’13, and Caitlyn Smith  ’12),Arden Quartet (Tess Varley ’12, Emily Botel ’12, Erin Kelly ’13, and Tracy Wu), Michael Desnoyers (’10), Megan McDevitt  (’10), and Ian Scarfe (’10) 

o   Déjá by Ian Dicke (’04) played by New Keys (Regina Schaffer ’05, Anthony Porter ’11, Kanoko Nishi, Lucy Moore)

October 4, 2013

·         ZOFO Duet (Keisuke Nakagosi ’03 and Eva-Maria Zimmermann) 2013 Grammy nominated piano duo for Best Chamber Music  performance will include Rite of Spring (for four hands) and a solo performance of Rachmaninoff Sonata #2 by Keisuke Nakagoshi ’03.

February 1, 2014

·         Del Sol Quartet (Kate Stenberg ’84 , Charlton Lee ’93, Rick Shinozaki ’86, Kathryn Bates Williams ‘07) celebrating their 21st year, Del Sol will come home to the Conservatory to perform Peradam by Ken Ueno; These Memories May Be True by Lembit Beecher; Bagatelles for String Quartet and Electronica by faculty member Mason Bates; andSpiral X (in memoriam) by Chinary Ung.

April 14, 2014

·         Krista Bennion Feeney (’81) former concertmaster for New Chamber Century Orchestra visits from the East Coast to perform a Baroque violin recital with faculty member Corey Jamason on harpsichord. The program will include works by Heinrich Biber, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Nicola Porpora and Jean-Marie Leclair.