The Conservatory's Guitar Department features five world-renowned guitar faculty dedicated to mentoring a new generation of excellent guitarists, interesting and expressive artists and performer-teachers. Guitar students at the Conservatory are given a broad range of skills and opportunities, through collaboration with composers, instrumentalists and vocalists, through teaching and scholarship and through extensive opportunities to perform. A varied collection of 25+ instruments, including a Smallman, two Rubios and a lute, enhances this comprehensive program of study. SFCM is very lucky to also be home to the Harris Guitar Collection. SFCM students not only get the opportunity to see these beautiful instruments, but also to play them. Check out the link to see the collection!
GUITAR DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE
Five guitar faculty
Over 40 guitar students total in program
Weekly guitar class, as well as master classes offered by guest artists
Opportunities to play chamber repertoire and early music and to collaborate with other instrumentalists
Opportunities to collaborate with the composition department
Instrument collection of 25+ instruments includes a Smallman, two Rubios, two theorbos, two Baroque guitars, lutes and 19th-century guitars
Eight guitar department recitals per year and an annual Guitar/Voice Department collaboration.
Biannual Guitar Concerto Competition - winner plays with the Conservatory Orchestra
Biannual Wesley Day Solo Guitar Recording Competition awards the winning student a fully funded CD production and a CD release tour of California cities
Conservatory Guitar Ensemble performs regularly throughout Northern California. Highlights include the 2000 tour with Steve Reich as well as the commission and premiere of works by Steve Mackey, Terry Riley, Jorge Liderman and many others
The Bay Area is one of the most active classical guitar scenes in the United States
The 2008 GFA International Convention and Competition were held in San Francisco, and the new Conservatory facilities were used for competition and evening concerts
We encourage prospective students to contact the guitar faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The guitar faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.
Marc Teicholz Faculty Concert | Oct 11, 2 pm Alvaro Pierri Master Class | Dec 3, 7 pm Round Midnight: Transcribing the World to Guitar, SFCM guitar students. Arrangements by Sérgio Assad, Roland Dyens and others | Feb 29, 8 pm Manuel Barrueco Master Class | Mar 14, 12 pm
Guitar Competition & Festival | Jan 14-17 Twelve young guitarists from around the world compete for a $12,000 cash prize during a festival that celebrates the tradition and evolution of classical guitar. SFCM hosts the Third International Guitar Competition Maurizio Biasini in January. Concerts feature the Conservatory Guitar Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, SFCM faculty and a world premiere by composer and performer Clarice Assad.
Department Recitals Oct 7, 29; Nov 10; Dec 2; Feb 17; Mar 16; Apr 6, 27