Performance Departments


The Conservatory's Percussion Department features two world-class faculty members, both of whom are members of the San Francisco Symphony. A B.M. in classical percussion, M.M. in classical percussion, M.M. in timpani and professional studies diploma in classical percussion are offered within a small, tight-knit department. The program is characterized by extensive performance opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and a close connection to the outside performing scene. 
  • Two faculty members: Jack Van Geem, retired principal percussionist and assistant timpanist with the San Francisco Symphony, and Trey Wyatt, San Francisco Symphony percussionist since 2001.
  • Small studio of seven to eight students
  • Degrees offered include B.M. in classical percussion, M.M. in classical percussion, M.M. in timpani and a professional studies diploma in classical percussion
  • Seven to eight Conservatory Orchestra performances per year
  • Two or more Percussion Ensemble performances per year
  • New music opportunities with the New Music Ensemble and student composers' recitals
  • Graduate timpanists are expected to take a leadership role as timpanist in Conservatory ensembles while taking lessons with Dave Herbert and occasional lessons with Jack Van Geem
  • Opportunities to play premieres of percussion works
  • Access to Conservatory's equipment for outside gigs
  • Opportunities to attend occasional San Francisco Symphony rehearsals

Jack Van Geem chair, percussion department
Trey Wyatt

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


Conservatory Orchestra 2013-2014

Brahms Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.73 | Sept 28, 8pm and Sept 29, 2pm
Debussy Trois Nocturnes: Nuages and FêtesRachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, Op.45 | Nov 2, 8pm and Nov 3, 2pm
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von WeberBrahms Piano Concerto No.1 in D Minor, Op.15 | Nov 23, 8pm and Nov 24, 2pm
Mozart Symphony No.41 in C Major, K.551 "Jupiter"Strauss Don Juan, Op.20 | Feb 15, 8pm
Stravinsky The Firebird | May 3, 8pm



New Music Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble