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, technology and applied 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 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.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Final recordings are due by December 1st with the online application.
  • Final recordings must be submitted online here.  

 

Audition Dates

Auditions in San Francisco

BassoonFebruary 9th

Chamber Music individuals (by invitation)

Chamber Music preformed groups (by invitation)

January 25th

January 26th

February 2nd

ClarinetFebruary 9th
Composition (by invitation)

January 25th

February 8th


Technology and Applied Composition

Early Action deadline of December 1st {please request February 9 or 15 audition dates}

Extended deadline of February 1st {please request March date}

 

 

February 9th

February 15th

March tbd

 

Conducting

Double Bass

February 10,11

January 26th

Flute

January 26th

February 2nd

February 9th

Guitar

February 1st

February 15th

HarpBy Appointment
HarpsichordBy Appointment
Historical Keyboards By Appointment
Horn

January 25th

February 9th

OboeFebruary 9th
OrganBy Appointment
Percussion 

January 26th

February 9th

Piano (by invitation)

February 1st

February 8th

February 15th

February 16th

Collaborative PianoFebruary 16th
Timpani

January 26th

February 9th

Trombone-Bass 

February 2nd, 2015

February 9th, 2015

February 16th, 2015

Trombone-Tenor

February 2nd

February 9th

February 16th

Trumpet

January 26th

February 16th

Tuba

February 2nd

February 9th

February 16th

Viola

February 1st

February 16th

Violin

February 1st

February 8th

February 15th

Violoncello

February 1st

February 2nd

February 9th

Voice

January 25th

February 1st

February 8th

February 15th

Domestic Regional Auditions

AustinJanuary 10th, 2015
InterlochenJanuary 24th, 2015
ChicagoJanuary 26th, 2015
Boston February 25th, 2015
New YorkFebruary 27th & 28th, 2015
  

 

Asia Regional Auditions

GuangzhouOctober 19th & 20th
ShanghaiOctober 25th & 26th
SichuanOctober 22th & 23rd
Beijing October 29th, October 30th & November 1st
  

 * In partnership with USA Schools of Music