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

2014-2015 Season Highlights

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Sept 27, 28
Berlioz Overature to Benvenuto Cellini
Sain-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33
Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

Scott Sandmeier conductor  | Oct 18, 19
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major, Op. 10
Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Nov 23, 24
Bach / Elgar Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537
Mozart Exsultate, jubilate, KV 165
Elgar Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 61

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Feb 7, 9
Rognar Bohlin conducts Conservatory Chorus
Nathan Cambpell ('14) Lunar Prelude (world premiere, Highsmith Award winner)
Holst The Planets

David Kim violin / conductor | Feb 17
Bach Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1042
Dvorak Serenade in E Major, Op. 22, B. 52

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Feb 28, Mar 1
William Codeno ('15) flute
Sibelius Rakasta "The Lover" Op. 14
Jolivet Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra
Mozart Symphony No. 36 in C Major "Linz"

Scott Sandmeier conductor | May 2, May 3
Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

Jeffrey Thomas conducting masterclass | Monday Mar 16