Collegiate Faculty


Practical Aspects of a Career in Music

Clifford (Kip) Cranna is director of musical administration at the San Francisco Opera, where he joined the staff in 1979. In 2008 he received the San Francisco Opera Medal, the company's highest honor. He coordinates the opera's musical operations, commissions, music staff, libraries and supertitles, and acts as staff musicologist. He holds a B.A. in choral conducting from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University. He has served as vocal adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera National Council and numerous other organizations. For many years he was program editor and lecturer for the Carmel Bach Festival. He lectures and writes frequently on music and chairs the Opera Guild's "Insight" panels. He has frequently hosted intermission features for the San Francisco Radio Opera Broadcasts and has been a music study leader for Smithsonian Tours. He has taught opera appreciation in the Conservatory's Adult Extension Division since 2000 and joined the collegiate faculty in 2007. He was named 2006 "Man of the Year" by Il Cenacolo, a San Francisco men's Italian cultural organization.