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
Corey MicVicar
Jon Nakamatsu
Yoshikazu Nagai, Chair

Guest Artist in Residence (2015-16)
Leon Fleisher


  • 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.

2016-2017 SEASON

Faculty Artist Series: Paul Hersh performs Goldberg Variations | Sept. 11, 2 pm


Master Class: Leon Fleisher | Sept. 29, 7:30 pm


Master Class: Warren Jones (‘77) | Oct. 28, 7:30 pm


Faculty Artist Series: William Wellborn | Nov. 20, 2pm


Master Class: Barry Snyder | Jan. 31, 7:30 pm


Faculty Artist Series: Paul Hersh performs the last 3 Beethoven sonatas | Feb. 26, 2 pm


Alumni Artist Insights: Elizabeth Dorman (‘09) | March 9, 8 pm


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