Professional Development and Engagement Center

Library Room 622—Professional Development and Engagement Center

Ryan Brown, Director of Professional Development
(415) 503-6309,

Elisabeth LowryDirector of Community Engagement
(415) 503-6258,

Professional Development Office

The Professional Development Office guides and empowers young musicians in the discovery and achievement of their unique career goals. The office's advising program provides training and review of student grant applications, biographies, cover letters, resumes, graduate school and fellowship applications, branding, marketing, web design, startups, financial planning, and audio/video post-production.

The Professional Development Office offers relevant programming throughout the academic year, including guest speakers from the Foundation Center, discounted headshots, visiting artists, workshops on website development, taxes, and much more, as well as a student-only grant program, the Student Professional Development Fund, that awards career-related funding up to $750. 



Community Service / Music to Go! Program

The Community Service / Music to Go! Program provides students experience performing for a variety of Bay Area audiences. One of the goals of the Community Service Program is to bring music to people who cannot normally attend concerts. Students perform at places such as hospitals, rest homes, and nursery schools.

The Music to Go Program is a paid gigging service for students performing at special events such as weddings and parties. Students receive credit for Community Service and compensation for Music to Go. In order to become a participant, students must audition during orientation week. Students accepted into the program must register for the Community Service class and will be eligible for Music to Go paid gigs. Those accepted will be required to complete four community service visits each semester for one credit on a pass fail basis. Attendance at seminars featuring guest outreach educators is required. Accepted students will receive more information regarding Community Service scheduling and Music to Go compensation. For more information, please contact

Sign-ups for auditions will be at the beginning of orientation week on the 4th floor. Students should prepare any solo of choice or two contrasting solos. Sight-reading may be required of instrumentalists. If a style other than classical is available (jazz, Latin, musical theater, pop/rock, fiddling, singing pianist, singing guitarist, etc.) please prepare a selection in this style as well. If anyone plays saxophone, accordion, sitar, or any other alternative instruments, please audition! The audition is NOT open to freshman, sophomores, classical-only double bass players, classical-only percussionists, and harpists who do not own a car. 

Conservatory in the Schools
The Conservatory in the Schools program provides support for music in the San Francisco public schools. Conservatory student interns assist classroom teachers and provide primary instruction at elementary, middle, and high schools. Attendance at seminars featuring guest educators is required. Conservatory students are accepted into this program through an interview process. This is a paid internship program and students receive one class credit. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Elisabeth Lowry at, or Library Room 622 by Friday, August 22nd.