Performance Departments


The Conservatory's Keyboard Department offers courses of study in piano, piano accompanying, harpsichord and organ, with world-renowned faculty, exceptional instruments, small studio size and state-of-the-art facilities. Extensive performance opportunities, inter-departmental collaboration, frequent master classes, guest artists and competitions create a focused and energized study experience.
  • Four faculty
  • Around 55 students in the piano program
  • 60 new Yamaha and Steinway pianos purchased in 2006, with move to new location in Civic Center
  • Piano Lending Program: pianos owned by the Conservatory are loaned to students free of charge for home use for the duration of their studies
  • Degrees offered: Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance, Master of Music in Chamber Music, Master of Music in Collaborative Piano
  • Also available: Professional Studies Diploma in Piano, Artist Certificate in Chamber Music
  • Annual Piano Concerto Competition, with winner performing with Conservatory Orchestra
  • Recent piano master classes include Jonathan Biss, Menahem Pressler, Sergei Babayan, Stephen Hough, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax and Leon Fleisher.
Paul Hersh
Sharon Mann
Jon Nakamatsu
Yoshikazu Nagai, Chair

  • Instruction in harpsichord, as well as fortepiano and continuo playing, offered by Corey Jamason, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Baroque keyboard literature classes and secondary harpsichord for pianists
  • Small studio size
  • Period instrument collection includes three harpsichords, one fortepiano and one clavichord
  • Extensive performing opportunities in both large and small ensembles, solo and chamber music
  • Performance opportunities with Conservatory Baroque
  • Annual Baroque opera or oratorio
  • Major works performed in recent years include J.S. Bach's St. John Passion and Magnificat, Handel's Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo and Henry Purcell's Fairy Queen
Corey Jamason

We encourage prospective students to contact Corey Jamason to arrange a consultative lesson. Corey Jamason and the Office of Admissions are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

  • Organ professor Rodney Gehrke is director of music at St. Mark's Lutheran Church and Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco
  • Two students enrolled in organ program
  • Practice organ at the Conservatory as well as opportunities to practice on local organs
  • San Francisco chapter of the American Guild of Organists
  • Many opportunities for employment as organist/music directors and extensive performance experience in the Bay Area
Rodney Gehrke

We encourage prospective students to Rodney Gehrke to arrange a consultative lesson. Mr. Gehrke and the Office of Music Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

  • M.M. offered in collaborative piano
  • Tim Bach is chair of the department
  • Small department that rarely exceeds four students
  • Program is designed to train pianists in all areas of ensemble performance and collaborative playing
  • Opportunities to be actively involved in collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists and to participate in many Conservatory ensembles
  • Six or more accompanying recitals per year
  • Extensive collaborative performance opportunities with New Music Ensemble, Conservatory Baroque, String and Chamber Music and the Conservatory Orchestra

Timothy Bach chair, accompanying department

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


2015-2016 SEASON

  • Patrick Summers vocal coaching Master Class | Sep 14, 7:30 pm
  • Embellished Mozart: The Art of Vocal Improvisation: Corey Jamason, fortepiano
  • Darryl Cooper Concert | Sep 21, 8 pm
  • Historical Performance Recital: Corey Jamason, harpsichord | Sep 24, 8 pm
  • Historical Performance Recital: Corey Jamason, harpsichord and Elisabeth Reed, viola da gamba | Oct 15, 8 pm
  • Joint Faculty Recital: Wei He, '98 violin and Yoshikazu Nagai, piano | Oct 25, 2 pm
  • Shai Wosner Master Class | Nov 5, 7:30 pm
  • William Wellborn Recital | Nov 16, 8 pm
  • Mack McCray Recital | Feb 22, 8pm - Cancelled
  • Martin Katz vocal coaching Master Class | Feb 25, 7:30 pm
  • Historical Performance Recital: Corey Jamason, harpsichord | Apr 1, 8 pm

Eric Tran '14 piano | Sep 12, 8 pm
Conservatory Concerto Competition winner
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466

Department Recitals
Nov 11, 16, 20; Dec 4, 11, Mar 18; Apr 13, 18, 22, 29; May 6


Piano Forum
Chamber Music
Introduction to Accompanying
Advanced Accompanying: Instrumental
Advanced Accompanying: Vocal
Keyboard Literature: Baroque
Fortepiano Class
Harpsichord Class