Performance Departments


The Conservatory's Conducting Department offers a course of advanced study at the master's level, with a focus on Instrumental Conducting. Private instruction, rehearsals and performances in conjunction with the Conservatory Orchestra and other Conservatory ensembles constitute the core of the program. The small size of the department allows the individual interests of conducting students to inform their course of study. 

  •   Three conducting faculty
  •   Only two students total in the conducting program
  •   Private instruction, rehearsals and performance in conjunction with the Conservatory Orchestra and other Conservatory ensembles constitute the core of the program
  •   Opportunities to work regularly with the Conducting Chamber Ensemble
  •   Opportunities to collaborate with guest conductors and to observe rehearsals, including SF Symphony and SF Opera
  •   Extensive work experience in the Bay Area musical community
  •   Collaboration with the Composition Department to premiere student compositions
  •   Conducting students are involved in many opportunities outside of the Conservatory, including the Pierre Monteaux School, Cabrillo New Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, Festival Opera, BASOTI and the Napa Valley Youth Symphony
  •   Michael Morgan is in his 16th year as music director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and is the artistic director of the Oakland Youth Orchestra, music director of the Sacramento Philharmonic and artistic director of Festival Opera in Walnut Creek
  •   Alasdair Neale has been music director of the Marin Symphony since 2001, following 12 years as associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony
  •   Various conducting courses for both majors and non-majors taught by conducting department chair Sonja Neblett

Michael Morgan
Alasdair Neale
Sonja Neblett, chair
Scott Sandmeier

We encourage prospective students to contact the conducting faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The conducting faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

2013-2014 SEASON

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Sept 28, 29 
Ravel Ma mère l'oye (5 pièces enfantines)
Justin Ralls ('14) Tree Ride (Highsmith Award winner)
Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

Alasdair Neale conductor  | Nov 2, 3
Tyler Catlin ('15) student conductor
Debussy Trois Nocturnes: Nuages et Fêtes
Françaix Concerto pour guitare et orchestre à cordes
Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Alasdair Neale conductor | Nov 23, 24
David Conte A Copland Portrait
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Feb 15
Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 "Jupiter"
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Strauss Don Juan, Op. 20

Scott Sandmeier conductor | May 3
Tyler Catlin ('15) student conductor
Ives Two Sketches: The General Slocum/Yale-Princeton Football Game
Frank Proto A Carmen Fantasy for Double Bass and Orchestra
Stravinsky The Firebird

Jeffrey Thomas conducting masterclass | Monday Apr 21 


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