Adult Extension Division

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

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Spring Semester 2015 Course Listings

Vocal Performance - starts January 7
Opera Performance Class - starts January 8
Advanced Cello Ensemble Tuesdays - starts January 13
Intermediate Cello Ensemble Saturdays - starts January 17
Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class - starts January 26
Class Piano I and II - starts February 4
Who's Afraid of Opera - starts April 1

 

CELLO ENSEMBLE

Barbara Wirth
Offered in two sections

Intermediate

Saturdays, every other week, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Starting January 17
Room 207
9 classes, $300

Advanced
Tuesdays, every other week, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Starting January 13
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 Pre-College and Adult Extension Divisions faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Vocal Performance

Heidi Moss
Section I: Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Section II: Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Starting January 7
Room 201
10 classes, $550

This class, offerred at two timeslots and limited to 6 students per section, 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. The class will culminate in a recorded recital in the SFCM Recital Hall on Saturday, March 14th.

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, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Starting January 8
Room 201
10 classes, $500

This class is 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 more into the dramatic aspect of the genre. Some staging as well as audition etiquette will be explored in addition to classical vocal performance pedagogy and interpretation. This will surely be an entertaining class culminating in a recorded staged recital in the SFCM Recital Hall on Saturday, March 14th.

Please note: Instructor approval is required before enrolling in class.

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 I
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Piano II
Starting February 4
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.
Offered in two six week sessions
Session I: 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16
Session II: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11
Room 507
6 classes, $270
Prerequisite: completion of Class Piano II or equivalent

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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Who's Afraid of Opera?

It's Grand. It's Glorious. It's Larger than Life. It's Opera!

Kip Cranna
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Starting April 1
Room 512
4 classes, $200

  • Curious about opera but don't know where to get started?
  • Know a little about opera but want to know more?
  • Love opera but would like better background knowledge?

Join San Francisco Opera's longtime staff member Kip Cranna, a noted Bay Area music-appreciation speaker, as he offers an insider's look at the world of opera, and brings some clarity to the confusion that often prevents real enjoyment of this glorious art form.

Using video and audio examples, the class will focus on listening skills to help you increase your enjoyment of opera in performance. No previous opera experience or knowledge necessary. Just come prepared to listen, watch, ask questions, and enjoy. Special attention will be given to the operas of the Spring 2015 season at San Francisco Opera.

This class will address such basics as:

  • How did it all get started? And why?
  • Defining terms
  • What to listen for
  • What comes first: words or music?
  • Appreciating styles: Italian, French, German, English, and (yes!) American opera
  • Understanding voices: how to tell a good singer from a great one.
  • Form and Function: insights into how operas are shaped dramatically.

Dr. Clifford (Kip) Cranna is Dramaturg at San Francisco Opera, dealing with educational and community outreach projects, commissions of new operas, and musicological support to the staff.  He has served the company since 1979, and for over 30 years was Director of Music Administration. In 2008 he received the San Francisco Opera Medal, his Company's highest honor.  In 2012 his work was honored with the Bernard Osher Cultural Award for distinguished efforts by an individual to bring excellence to a cultural institution. He received his B.A. in choral conducting at the University of North Dakota, and his Ph.D. in musicology at Stanford University, where he specialized in Renaissance and Baroque music history and theory. He has taught opera appreciation in the Conservatory's Adult Extension Division since 2000 and joined the collegiate faculty in 2007. He was named 2006 "Man of the Year" by Il Cenacolo, a San Francisco men's Italian cultural organization.

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