Auditions: What to Expect

On the day of your audition:

  • Arrive at 50 Oak St, and check in with security to gain access to the building.
  • There is limited parking in the neighborhood, so it may easier to arrive by public transportation.  We are on the MUNI line and a 10 minute walk from the Civic Center BART stop. 
  • Check in with the admission team at the welcome table on the cafe level.
  • Be sure to find out about the information sessions and tours that will be going on throughout the audition day when you check in.  You can expect to spend most of your day at SFCM
  • Warm up in your designated warm up room.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your audition time at the designated audition space
  • We would love to have as many parents, family and friends at audition days as possible!  We will have many events and meetings with great infomation for students and parents alike including:
  • Information sessions with Financial Aid and Student Life
  • Tours of SFCM and the Panoramic (residence hall)
  • Tours of SFCM's new Technology and Applied Composition Labs
  • A welcome from our President
  • Performances at SFCM and our neighboring arts organizations in the Civic Center
  • Chat with our Associate Deans
  • Conservations over coffee/tea with our Dean

If your repertoire list has changed since you submitted your application, please have an updated version on-hand to give to the jury in your audition.

During your audition:

  • The audition panel will likely say a few words of welcome to you, and they will often allow you to choose the first piece that you perform.
  • After your first selection, the panel will then choose the additional material that they would like to hear.
  • The panel may stop you in the middle of one of your selections due to time restrictions.  Please do not be concerned if you do not have the opportunity to perform all of your pieces from beginning to end.

After your audition:

  • You're done - Congratulations!
  • Be sure to check your handout for information session times, tours and meetings with current students.
  • Take time to explore the area around the conservatory (ie: Hayes Street) and enjoy the city.

You will be notified of admission decisions by March 15 if you are a graduate student or by April 1 if you are an undergraduate student.

The days before and after your audition:

  • Feel free to sit in on classes and rehearsals while you are here in San Francisco.  
  • Check our performance calender to see if there are any SFCM concerts or recitals you would like to see.
  • Depending on their availability, faculty are often willing to give you a consultative lesson during your visit. Contact them in advance to schedule a lesson time while you're in San Francisco.  You can find their contact information in their bios here, or e-mail
  • Get out and explore beautiful San Francisco!  Click here for a list of interesting local attractions.

January 31st - Audition Day Event Schedule:

10:30 - Conservatory Tour*
11:00 - Student Life Presentation - Room 512 (Undergrad attendance required)
11:30 - Housing Tour: The Panoramic*
12:30 - Welcome from our President - Concert Hall (Mandatory for all applicants)
1:00 - Coffee with the Dean - 2nd Floor Atrium
2:00 - Financial Aid Presentation - Room 512
2:30 - Conservatory Tour*
3:00 - Housing Tour: The Panoramic*
5:30 - Discussion Panel with Voice Students - Room 512

February 1st - Audition Day Event Schedule:
11:00 - Conservatory Tour*
11:30 - Student Life Presentation - Room 512 (Undergrad attendance required)
12:00 - Housing Tour: The Panoramic*
1:00 - Financial Aid Presentation - Room 507
2:00 -  Tours: Conservatory and The Panoramic*
2:00 - Trombone Meeting with Faculty - Room 104

* Tours will begin at the check-in table on the Cafe level.

SFCM Musical Theater: Irving Berlin's As Thousands Cheer 1/29 and 1/31

Events in the Neighborhood:
Organist Cameron Carpenter at SFJazz (Enter promo code Organ50 for a 50% discount!)

SF Symphony and Pianist Stephen Hough (Promo code 68371 may get you a discount while supplies last) 

SF Ballet Program 1 (Enter promo code SFCMUSIC for a 50% discount!)

SF Ballet Program 2