Auditions

All applicants to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music must complete an audition. The following instrument areas require a prescreen 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, conducting, piano and voice.  For more information, review our prescreen 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 Professional Studies and Postgraduate Diplomas

Regional auditions are available for the following applicants:

  • Undergraduate applicants residing outside of California (except percussion).  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 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.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Final recordings are due by December 1st with the online application.
  • Final recordings must be submitted online here.  

Fall 2014 Audition Dates

Auditions in San Francisco

BassoonJanuary 27th, 2014

Chamber Music individuals (by invitation)

Chamber Music preformed groups (by invitation)

January 26, 2014

February 16, 2014

ClarinetFebruary 16th, 2014
Composition (by invitation)

January 26th, 2014

February 9th, 2014

Conducting
 
February 24th, 2014 
Double BassJanuary 27th, 2014
Flute

January 27th, 2014

February 3rd, 2014

February 10th, 2014

Guitar

February  2nd, 2014

February 9th, 2014

HarpBy Appointment
HarpsichordBy Appointment
Historical Keyboards By Appointment
Horn

February 3rd, 2014

February 10th, 2014

OboeJanuary 27th, 2014
OrganBy Appointment
Percussion 

January 27th, 2014

February 10th, 2014

Piano (by invitation)

February 2nd, 2014

February 9th, 2014

February 16th, 2014

February 17th, 2014

Collaborative PianoFebruary 17th, 2014
Timpani

January 27th, 2014

Trombone-Bass 

February 3rd, 2014

February 10th, 2014

Trombone-Tenor

February 3rd, 2014

February 10th, 2014

Trumpet

February 3rd, 2014

February 10th, 2014

Tuba

February 3rd, 2014

February 10th, 2014

Viola

February 2nd, 2014

February 17th, 2014

Violin

February 2nd, 2014

February 9th, 2014

February 17th, 2014

Violoncello

January 27th, 2014

February 2nd, 2014

February 3rd, 2014

Voice

January 26th,2014

February 2nd, 2014

February 9th, 2014

February 16th, 2014

Domestic Regional Auditions

InterlochenJanuary 18, 2014
ChicagoJanuary 20, 2014 | trumpet masterclass at CYSO on January 19
HoustonFebruary 8, 2014 | trumpet masterclass on February 7
Boston February 25, 2014
New YorkFebruary 27-28. 2014
  

 

Asia Regional Auditions

GuangzhouOctober 20-21, 2013 * 
ShanghaiOctober 23-24, 2013*
BeijingOctober 26-28, 2013*
Seoul October 23, 2013
Hong KongOctober 27, 2013

 * In partnership with USA Schools of Music