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.
PERCUSSION DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE
- Two faculty members: Jack Van Geem, retired principal percussionist and assistant timpanist with the San Francisco Symphony, and Trey Wyatt, the Symphony's current acting principal percussionist.
- 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
We encourage prospective students to contact the percussion faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The percussion faculty and the Office of Music Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.
CLASSES TO VISIT
New Music Ensemble