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. 

Audition Repertoire can be found here
  •   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.


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.


  • Orchestra
  • Advanced Musicianship
  • Orchestration

2015-2016 Season Highlights

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Sep 12, 8 pm
Eric Tran '14 piano 
Myslivecek ˇ Octet for Winds No. 2 in E-flat Major
Kraus Symphony in C Major, VB 139
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466

Scott Sandmeier conductor  | Sep 13, 2 pm
Jodi Levitz viola
Thalea String Quartet
Mozart Viola Quintet in G Minor, K. 516
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Oct 18, 2 pm
Open Rehearsal
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Nov 7, 8 pm & Nov 8, 2 pm
High Spirits
(world premiere, Highsmith Award winner) 
Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet
Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Dec 12, 8 pm
Joshua Peters '14 violin
Brahms Academic Festival Overture 
Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Feb 20, 8 pm & Feb 21, 2 pm
Strauss Death and Transfiguration
Schubert/Berio Rendering

Scott Sandmeier conductor | May 7, 8 pm & May 8, 2 pm
Molly Hill '15 mezzo-soprano
J. Strauss Overture to Der Zigeunerbaron
Wagner Wesendonck Lieder 
Revueltas Sensemaya 
Ravel Daphnis and Chloë Suite No. 2

Jeffrey Thomas conducting masterclass | Monday Apr 4, 7:30 pm