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.

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2015-2016 Orchestra Highlights

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Sep 12, 8 pm
Eric Tran '14 piano 
Myslivecek ˇ Octet for Winds No. 2 in E-flat Major
Kraus Symphony in C Major, VB 139
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466

Scott Sandmeier conductor  | Sep 13, 2 pm
Jodi Levitz viola
Thalea String Quartet
Mozart Viola Quintet in G Minor, K. 516
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Oct 18, 2 pm
Open Rehearsal
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Nov 7, 8 pm & Nov 8, 2 pm
High Spirits
(world premiere, Highsmith Award winner) 
Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet
Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Dec 12, 8 pm
Joshua Peters '14 violin
Brahms Academic Festival Overture 
Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Feb 20, 8 pm & Feb 21, 2 pm
Strauss Death and Transfiguration
Schubert/Berio Rendering

Scott Sandmeier conductor | May 7, 8 pm & May 8, 2 pm
Molly Hill '15 mezzo-soprano
J. Strauss Overture to Der Zigeunerbaron
Wagner Wesendonck Lieder 
Revueltas Sensemaya 
Ravel Daphnis and Chloë Suite No. 2

Department Recitals
Nov 17 & Mar 20


New Music Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble