Auditions

All applicants to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music must complete an audition. The following instrument areas require a prescreening recording, which is reviewed by faculty to determine if the applicant will be invited to a live audition at the Conservatory or at a regional site: chamber music, composition, technology and applied composition, conducting, piano and voice.  For more information, review our prescreening requirements.

Audition Procedures

Auditions for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music occur in one of three manners: a live audition at the Conservatory, an audition at a regional site, or a final audition recording. Live auditions are recommended for all applicants and are required for certain instrument areas. Applicants who audition at the Conservatory will have an opportunity to explore our building, meet faculty and current students, and observe classes and rehearsals.

Live auditions at the Conservatory are required of the following applicants:

  • Anyone residing in California
  • Graduate voice applicants residing in North America (United States, Canada, Mexico)
  • Graduate applicants for chamber music, conducting, percussion, timpani or organ
  • Applicants for Postgraduate Diplomas

Regional auditions are available for the following applicants:

  • Undergraduate applicants residing outside of California (except percussion and organ). 
  • Undergraduate voice applicants may audition at a regional audition site. 
  • Graduate applicants residing within North America (except voice, conducting, chamber music, percussion, timpani or organ).

Final Audition Recordings are accepted from the following applicants:

  • Undergraduate applicants residing outside of California 
  • Graduate applicants residing outside of North America (except chamber music and conducting)
  • Composition applicants and Technology and Applied Composition applicants are strongly encouraged to audition at either a San Francisco audition or at a regional audition site. However, if unable to make a live audition, undergraduate and international applicants may submit a final piano recording to accompany their portfolio.
  • Final recordings must be submitted online through the formal DecisionDesk Application, found here, no later than December 1st.

Audition Dates

Auditions in San Francisco for fall 2016 will be held on the following Sundays and Mondays:

January 24th and 25th
January 31st and February 1st
February 14th and 15th
February 21st and 22nd

Instrument-specific dates:

BassoonFeb. 15

Chamber Music individuals (by invitation)

Jan. 31

ClarinetJan. 31
Composition (by invitation)

Jan. 24

Feb. 21

Technology and Applied Composition

Jan. 31

Feb. 15

Conducting

Feb. 2 & 3

Double BassJan. 25
Flute

Jan. 25

Feb. 15

Feb.22

Guitar

Jan. 24

Feb. 14

HarpBy Appointment
HarpsichordBy Appointment
Historical Keyboards By Appointment
Horn

Jan. 24

Feb. 22

OboeFeb. 15
OrganBy Appointment
Percussion 

Jan. 25

Feb. 22

Piano (by invitation)

Jan. 31

Feb. 14

Feb. 15

Feb. 21

Collaborative PianoFeb. 15
Timpani

Jan. 25

Feb. 22

Trombone-Bass 

Jan. 25

Feb. 1

Trombone-Tenor

Jan. 25

Feb. 1

 

Trumpet

Jan. 24

Feb. 1

Tuba

Jan. 25

Feb. 1

Viola

Feb. 15

Feb. 21

Violin

Feb. 14

Feb. 15

Feb. 22

Violoncello

Jan. 25

Feb. 1st

Feb. 22

Voice

Jan. 24

Jan. 31

Feb. 14

Feb. 15

Domestic Regional Auditions

HoustonJanuary 9, 2016
InterlochenJanuary 9, 2016
ChicagoJanuary 11, 2016
Boston February 24, 2016
New YorkFebruary 26-27, 2016

Asian Regional Auditions

Guangzhou October 25-27, 2015 
ShanghaiOctober 28-31, 2015 
BeijingNovember 3-6, 2015 
SeoulNovember 6, 2015 (Konkuk University)

Mainland China auditions are in partnership with USA Schools of Music.  Please visit the link for more information!