Adult Extension Division
APPLICATION FOR PRIVATE LESSONS FOR FALL 2014 is now available.  THE AUDITION DATE IS MAY 18.   The Spring group classes listed below are already in progress and are for reference only.  New classes for fall will be posted this summer.

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Spring Semester 2014 Course Listings

Puccini, Please! - starts February 3
Vocal Performance - starts February 6
Opera Performance Class - starts February 6
Cello Ensemble - Intermediate starts January 25, Advanced starts January 28
Class Piano I and II - starts February 12
Singing Makes it Better - TBA - please check back!
Dalcroze Eurhythmics - starts January 25
 

Puccini, Please!
Kip Cranna
Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Starting February 3
Room C01
4 classes, $180

From seasoned fans to opera beginners, everybody loves Puccini. The great genius of the Italian "Verismo" school of opera, Giacomo Puccini's enduring masterpieces are always on the "top Ten" list of most-performed operas. This class will explore the background and history of the operas, and use audio-video illustrations to hone your listening skills and help you appreciate the soaring lyricism of Puccini's style, his inspired use of thematic development, and his unerring sense of drama. No previous opera experience necessary.

Class I: February 3
Social Climbers and Starving Artists: Manon Lescaut and La Boheme.

Class II: February 10
Temperamental Divas and Ugly Americans: Tosca  and Madama Butterfly

Class III: February 17
A Wild West Saga and a Viennese Bonbon: La Fanciulla del West and La Rondine

Class IV: February 24
Sisters, Stabbers, Swindlers -- and an Ice Princess: Il Trittico and Turandot

Clifford (Kip) Cranna,  is Director of Musical Administration at the San Francisco Opera, where he has been a member of the administrative staff since 1979. He received his undergraduate degree in choral conducting at the University of North Dakota, and his Ph.D. degree in musicology at Stanford University. He has served as vocal adjudicator for numerous organizations including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, The Henry Holt Memorial Auditions, and the New National Theater of Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Cranna was associated for over 25 years with the Carmel Bach Festival as program editor, lecturer, and program advisor. He has conducted a number of choral groups in the San Francisco Bay area, and has been active as a director of church music programs. He has served as a grant-award panelist for the Santa Clara County Arts Council, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Chanticleer, a professional vocal ensemble. He is on the Artistic Advisory Board of the San Francisco Boys Chorus. He is a frequent guest lecturer throughout Northern California in the field of music appreciation, and has written numerous articles on opera. In his capacity as an opera administrator, Dr. Cranna manages commissions for new operas (such as The Dangerous Liaisons, A Streetcar Named Desire, Dead Man Walking, Doctor Atomic, and Appomattox), plans schedules for future seasons, and acts as editor-in-chief of the company's "supertitles." He often serves as a speaker or moderator for programs presented by the San Francisco Opera and the Opera Center, and is a regular host of the Opera Insights presented by the Opera Guild. He teaches courses on opera at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has taught on-line courses for Opera America. He serves as radio interview host for the San Francisco Opera broadcasts, and has worked as a Study Leader for Smithsonian Study Tours. He was named 2006 "Man of the Year" by Il Cenacolo, a San Francisco men's Italian cultural organization. In 2008 he received the San Francisco Opera Medal, the company's highest honor.
 

Vocal Performance

Heidi Moss
Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Starting February 6
Room 319
10 classes, $440

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 April 19 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 February 6
Room 319
10 classes, $440

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 April 19 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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CELLO ENSEMBLE

Barbara Wirth

Intermediate and Advanced
Saturdays, every other week, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Starting January 25
Room 207
9 classes, $280

Advanced
Tuesdays, every other week, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Starting January 28
Room C07
9 classes, $280

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.

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CLASS PIANO I and II

Jacqueline Chew
Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Piano I
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Piano II
Starting February 12
Room C01
13 classes, $455

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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DALCROZE EURHYTHMICS
Yoriko Richman

Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Starting January 25
8 classes, $320

This course is designed for those who are interested in learning the basic fundamentals of music. This course is also geared towards those that aspire to be music educators and especially those that are interested in early childhood music education. Awakening the kinesthetic memory of the body helps strengthen all aspects of musicianship. In his essay Jacques Dalcroze states that, "Eurthythmics is a method of musical education. It tries to develop simultaneously the sense of hearing, the feeling for tone and harmony, the instinct for rhythm, and the desire for order. By means of a series of exercises which develop muscular elasticity, and discipline the bodily movements in space, in duration, and in all shades of energy, the hearing-sense is strengthened to such a degree that it invades the entire organism and finally becomes converted into vocal and instrumental expression." The course includes Dalcroze Solfege, Eurhythmics (movement), and improvisation.

Yoriko Richman, B.A., Musashino Academia Musicae, Tokyo; Dalcroze Teacher's License, Dalcroze School of Music, New York; Berklee College of Music, Boston; Postgraduate Diplome, Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva; former faculty, Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division and Showa Academia Musicae, Yokohama, Japan; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
 

SINGING MAKES IT BETTER

Helen Dilworth
Date and time TBA - please check back
4 classes, $130 

"Since singing is so good a thing, I'd like all people to learn to sing." That's ancient and current wisdom from composer William Byrd. Singing is fun, healthy and educational. In this basic and primarily community singing class, special attention will be available for skill building in pitch, rhythm and expression, as well as breath control, range extension and projection.

Dr. Helen Dilworth is a distinguished teacher, administrator and soprano accomplished in a broad range of musical styles. She delights in helping singers to develop their voices and performance skills. Winner of the San Francisco Opera's Merola, Metropolitan Saunderson and Graz Mastersinger awards, "Dr. Diva" has taught at San Francisco State University, Jazz Camp, Gospel Workshops, professional conferences and community colleges. She has toured in America, China, Japan and Puerto Rico. Her students perform pop, classical, opera, Broadway, folk, religious and many other types of music. She is on the voice faculty of the Preparatory and Adult Extension Divisions.

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