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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Conservatory Orchestra 2014-2015

Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 | Sep 27, 8pm & Sep 28, 2pm
Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 in E  Minor, Op. 93 | Oct 18, 8pm & Oct. 19, 2pm
Dvorak Serenade in E Major, Op. 22 B. 52 | Feb 7, 8pm & Feb 9, 8pm
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64 | May 2, 8pm & May 3, 2pm


New Music Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble