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.  

Audition Dates TBA

Auditions in San Francisco

BassoonTBA

Chamber Music individuals (by invitation)

Chamber Music preformed groups (by invitation)

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ClarinetTBA
Composition (by invitation)TBA
Conducting
 
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Double BassTBA
FluteTBA
Guitar

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HarpTBA
HarpsichordTBA
Historical Keyboards TBA
HornTBA
OboeTBA
OrganTBA
Percussion TBA
Piano (by invitation)TBA
Collaborative PianoTBA
Timpani

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Trombone-Bass 

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Trombone-Tenor

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TrumpetTBA
TubaTBA
ViolaTBA
ViolinTBA
VioloncelloTBA
VoiceTBA

Domestic Regional Auditions

InterlochenTBA
ChicagoTBA
HoustonTBA
Boston TBA
New YorkTBA
  

 

Asia Regional Auditions

GuangzhouTBA
ShanghaiTBA
BeijingTBA
Seoul TBA
Hong KongTBA

 * In partnership with USA Schools of Music