Adult Extension Division

AUDITIONS TO ENTER PRIVATE LESSONS ONLY FOR SPRING 2015 WILL TAKE PLACE DECEMBER 14, 2014. 

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Fall Semester 2014 Course Listings

Cello Ensemble Tuesdays - starts September 2
Cello Ensemble Saturdays - starts September 6
Vocal Performance - starts September 11

Opera Performance Class - starts September 11
Class Piano I and II - starts September 17
Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class - starts October 6
 

CELLO ENSEMBLE
Barbara Wirth
Intermediate and Advanced

Saturdays, every other week, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Starting September 6
Room 207
9 classes, $300

Advanced
Tuesdays, approximately every other week, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Starting September 2
Room 104
9 classes, $300

Student ensembles will perform works recorded by notable groups including the Berlin Philharmonic Cellos, the Yale Cellos and the London Cello Sound. Students should have good intonation and rhythm and be comfortable with thumb position as well as bass, tenor and treble clefs. 

Barbara Wirth received a B.M. from Northwestern University and an M.M. from Indiana University, studying with Janos Starker and Pierre Fournier. She has been a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and has played with the San Francisco Symphony, Ballet and Theater orchestras. Wirth has taught cello for the Northwestern University Preparatory Department, Eastern Kentucky University, Louisville Academy of Music, Dominican College, San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco, and she is currently a member of the Preparatory and Adult Extension Divisions faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Vocal Performance

Heidi Moss
Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Starting September 11
Room 319
10 classes, $480

This class will explore the many aspects of classical vocal performance in a master class setting, using the principles of vocal pedagogy, interpretation, language, genre, and performance practice. Each student will perform every week and receive customized feedback. Lieder, Art Song, Operatic, and Oratorio repertoire are preferred.This class will conclude with a public recital on Saturday, November 15 in the SFCM Recital Hall.

 

Heidi Moss, noted for her "rich and radiant soprano" (Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee) has performed with area companies such as West Edge Opera, Ensemble Parallele, West Bay Opera, Pocket Opera, Oakland Symphony, and the San Francisco Lyric Opera.  She has also garnered recognition in major vocal eompeittions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (NY District First Place Winner and Regional Finalist), Liederkranz Awards, and the MacAllister Awards.  Her affinity for contemporary music has solicited several premieres as well as fostering relationships with wonderful composers.  In addition to an active musical life, Heidi continued her biological studies and spent many years working as a research scientist, most recently at the Rockefeller University.  In 2007 she was stricken with a rare version of Bell's Palsy which left the right side of her face permanently paralyzed.  She feels lucky to sing again, despite the neurologists's predicitions.  Her disability has inspired her to learn more about vocal physiology and pedagogy, particularly how it relates to facial musculature, and is on a new scientific venture in pursuit of this understanding.  In addition to her active performing schedule, she has a private voice studio, is a member of NATS. and gives vocal workshops throughout the area.

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Opera Performance
Heidi Moss

Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Starting September 11
Room 319
10 classes, $480

This course is designed for more experienced singers who have a strong desire to further their operatic study. There may be some aria and scene assignments and the class will dive into the dramatic aspect of the genre. Some staging as well as audition etiquette will be explored in addition to classical vocal perofrmance pedagogy and interpretation. This will surely be an entertaining class cilminating in a recorded staged recital on Saturday, November 15 in the SFCM Recital Hall.

Heidi Moss, noted for her "rich and radiant soprano" (Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee) has performed with area companies such as West Edge Opera, Ensemble Parallele, West Bay Opera, Pocket Opera, Oakland Symphony, and the San Francisco Lyric Opera.  She has also garnered recognition in major vocal eompeittions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (NY District First Place Winner and Regional Finalist), Liederkranz Awards, and the MacAllister Awards.  Her affinity for contemporary music has solicited several premieres as well as fostering relationships with wonderful composers.  In addition to an active musical life, Heidi continued her biological studies and spent many years working as a research scientist, most recently at the Rockefeller University.  In 2007 she was stricken with a rare version of Bell's Palsy which left the right side of her face permanently paralyzed.  She feels lucky to sing again, despite the neurologists's predicitions.  Her disability has inspired her to learn more about vocal physiology and pedagogy, particularly how it relates to facial musculature, and is on a new scientific venture in pursuit of this understanding.  In addition to her active performing schedule, she has a private voice studio, is a member of NATS. and gives vocal workshops throughout the area.

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CLASS PIANO I and II

Jacqueline Chew
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Piano II
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Piano I
Starting September 17
Room C01
13 classes, $500

These classes approach playing the piano through an understanding of music theory, with emphasis on sight-reading, transposition and rhythm Piano I begins with music notation (rhythm and intervals). In conjunction with playing simple classical pieces, students learn major scales, relative and parallel minor scales and chords (tonic, dominant and subdominant). Piano II explores these same subjects in greater depth while adding seventh chords, practice techniques, ensemble and analysis of students' repertoire. 

Jacqueline Chew, known for her performances of Olivier Messiaen's music, has released a double-CD entitled Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus. In preparation for this work, she coached with French pianist Roger Muraro as well as Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, for whom the piece was written. MSR Classics recently released her Sweet Irrational Worship: The Niles-Merton Songs, recorded with baritone Chad Runyon. In addition to solo and chamber music concerts, Chew performed, toured and recorded as pianist in the Women's Philharmonic from 1990 to 2004. She received degrees from the State University of New York–Binghamton and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studied privately with Leonard Shure in Boston. Chew also teaches at the University of California–Berkeley.

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Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class
Jacqueline Chew

Mondays, 7:00- 8:30 p.m.
October 6 - November 17
Room 323
7 classes, $270
Prerequisite: completion of Class Piano II or equivalent