Orientation and Information for New Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music! As a new student, please carefully review these web pages and files as they contain information that you will need.

New students should first review the Information for New Students web page and ensure that all materials are submitted by the deadlines listed.

Orientation Week Schedule and Events

Orientation Week is required for all incoming undergraduate and graduate students. The Orientation schedules below contains programs designed to transition students to the Conservatory community. Orientation Week contains a number of required placement examinations and auditions. New students will receive advance information by email; please review the information carefully.

Fall 2016
Panoramic Move-in Day for all New Students August 14
Fall Orientation for new International Students (Int'l only) August 15
Fall Orientation for all New StudentsAugust 16-17
Audition and Placement ExamsAugust 18-21
Advising for New StudentsAugust 22-24
Registration for New StudentsAugust 23-24
Registration for Continuing StudentsAugust 22-23
Late Registration for Continuing StudentsAugust 24
Fall Main Session and Module 1 classes beginAugust 25
Full Academic Calendar 


Undergraduate (BM) Orientation Schedule

Graduate (MM, PSD, PGD, AC) Orientration Schedule

Office Information Guide for Parents

Additional Information

Ensemble Auditions

Most students will need to audition for ensembles. Ensemble auditions will take place during the orientation period. Both Instrument and Voice majors will audition for the ensemble they wish to participate in. For more information, please visit the ensembles page.

On occasion, there will openings in ensembles for the spring semester. Students should contact the ensemble director for more information.

Placement Exams

To assess new students' levels in certain areas, new students will be required to take an assortment of placement exams depending on the instrument. Optional exams are also offered for advanced placement. For information specific to your degree and major please visit either the Undergraduate or Graduate placement exam pages.

School Email Address and the SFCM Portal

Over the summer you will receive an email from Brann Mitchell, the SFCM Network Administrator, with important information about your school email address. The official method of communication for the Conservatory is through your SFCM email account. Once you have that information, you will be able to access the SFCM Portal at http://my.sfcm.edu. If you are having any issues with your account, please contact Brann Mitchell at it@sfcm.edu.

Driving Directions and Parking

Please visit the Admissions page for information regarding driving directions and parking.