San Francisco Conservatory of Music proudly announces the third biennial installment of the groundbreaking initiative, The Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. The first program of its kind focusing on the art of music criticism, the Rubin Institute brings together before the public distinguished music journalists, renowned musicians, and aspiring young writers, combining the wisdom and insight of todays highly esteemed critics, the artistry and daring of acclaimed musicians, and the energy and promise of tomorrows music journalists.

The 2016 Rubin Institute takes place October 20–24, and will feature keynote addresses by national critics (Writers Panel) and four public concerts by acclaimed musicians from the solo, chamber, orchestral, and operatic stages. The performances are reviewed by a hand-selected group of student writers (Rubin Institute Fellows) from renowned colleges and conservatories, and the Writers Panel will critique their work in private workshops and public sessions.

The series culminates with the awarding of the $10,000 Rubin Prize in Music Criticism to one Rubin Institute Fellow demonstrating outstanding promise in music criticism. The Rubin Prize is intended to support further study or internships in the field of music criticism and is disbursed over a two-year period. The public is also invited to vie for the chance to win the $1,000 Everyone's a Critic Audience Review Prize by submitting a review of one of the four performances.

Writers Panel

The 2016 Rubin Institute Writers Panel includes some of the most respected journalists in the music industry, hailing from major media outlets: Alex Ross, The New Yorker magazine critic and author; Anne Midgette, The Washington Post critic and author; Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal critic and author; John Rockwell, writer, critic, and former editor of The New York Times Sunday Arts & Leisure section; Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle critic; Tim Page, author, professor, and former Washington Post critic; and Rubin Institute benefactor Stephen Rubin, president and publisher of Henry Holt & Co. Members of the Writers Panel will present pre-concert lectures (tickets required) and a public panel discussion (free/no ticket required) over the course of the five-day symposium, offering the public the chance to hear firsthand from those at the forefront of classical music criticism.

Performance Partners and Conservatory/University Partners

San Francisco Conservatory of Music is pleased to present the Rubin Institute in partnership with the illustrious performing organizations San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Rubin Institute Fellows are students hailing from some of the Nation's most notable conservatories and universities: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of California, Berkeley, Juilliard School, Stanford University, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Yale School of Music.

Additional details regarding the Institute, including the full schedule of performances and events, will be published on this website as they become available.

The Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, the Rubin Prize in Music Criticism, and the Everyone's a Critic Audience Review Prize are made possible by the generosity of Stephen Rubin, president and publisher of Henry Holt & Co.