Adult Extension Division

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR SPRING GROUP CLASSES AND LESSONS.  GROUP CLASS DETAILS ARE LISTED BELOW.

LOVE, DUTY, DEATH and OPERA!  starts April 4.  Four wonderful sessions with the amazing Kip Cranna.  Register now!

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Spring Semester 2016 Course Listings

Advanced Cello Ensemble Tuesdays 
Intermediate Cello Ensemble Saturdays
Class Piano I and II
Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class
Vocal Performance
Love, Duty, Death, and Opera

CELLO ENSEMBLES

Barbara Wirth

Intermediate
Saturdays, every other week, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Starting January 23
Room 323
8 classes, $300

Advanced
Tuesdays, every other week, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Starting January 19
Room 104
8 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 20
Room 207
10 classes, $550

This class, offerred at two levels and limited to 7 students per section, will explore the many aspects of classical vocal performance in a master class setting.

Section I
The primary focus of this supportive master class is classical singing (from art song to opera), but other genres are welcome. We work on interpretation, language, technique, voice science, drama, text, and many other aspects of this incredible art form accompanied by a SFCM collaborative pianist. Students should be prepared to bring pieces to perform each class (memorized preferred) and can choose to work on one or more throughout the entire session. The series culminates in a performance in the lovely SFCM recital hall on March 26. Singers from experienced beginners/novice to advanced/professional are welcome.

Section II
This class is for advanced singers only. A minimum of 3 years of private voice lessons and some stage performance experience required. This class follows the format of section I and culminates in a performance in the lovely SFCM recital hall on March 26, but we may also create ensembles or scenes with 2 or more singers from opera, oratorio, or art song.

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 February 3 (no class March 30)
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.
Session I starting January 25 (no class February 15 or 22)
Session II starting March 28
Room 507
6 classes, $270

Pianists will work weekly on solo repertoire and ensemble pieces (4-hands or two-piano). Study may also include "practice techniques", sight-reading, piano technique etc, as needed.

Session I and Session II can be taken as one contiguous course. Session II is a continuation of Session I, though students may sign up for one or the other depending on his or her personal schedule.

Pre-requisite: Class Piano II or instructor approval. If you have not previously taken AE Class Piano II and wish to enroll in this class, please contact the instructor, Jacqueline Chew at jchew@sfcm.edu to ask about an evaluation.

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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Love, Duty, Death, and Opera!

Kip Cranna

Mondays, 6:00- 7:30 p.m.
Starting April 4, 2016
Room 104
4 classes, $200

Each of the three operas in San Francisco Opera's upcoming summer season features a different perspective on the inexhaustible subjects of Love, Duty, and Death. Join SFO's Dramaturg Kip Cranna for a series of musical insights into the world of opera, helping both opera newcomers and seasoned opera fans to a greater enjoyment of the upcoming July-July portion of the San Francisco Opera's season. The course will offer a listener's guide to each of the operas, with historical background and behind-the-scenes tales of how the world of opera works. Video examples will illustrate the musical style and dramatic structure of each work studied.

Register for this class and be eligible for a 30% discount on tickets to selected performances of San Francisco Opera's Summer 2016 season. Discount information will be available at the first class session.

April 4: Carmen, by Georges Bizet
Bizet's ever popular Carmen tells the story of the ultimate femme fatale, the defiantly free-spirited woman who is desired by all men but who is willing to stare death in the face rather than be possessed by them. We'll explore the literary background of this gripping story, and take a close look at Bizet's beloved and compelling score. And we'll get a preview of the controversial and provocative new production to be staged in San Francisco by the notorious "bad boy" director Calixto Bieito.

April 11: Don Carlo, by Giuseppe Verdi
Don Carlo is one of Verdi's truly great masterpieces. We will explore its transformation from a French Grand Opera in to the Italian version to be heard this season. It is an opera full of spectacle and pageantry, but at its heart it's a deeply personal drama about a Spanish prince who is in love with his stepmother, and an unhappy king beset by problems, including his rebellious son. We'll explore the historical background - The Spanish Inquisition in the 16th-Century - and watch the characters come off the pages of history and onto the opera stage.

April 18: Jenůfa, by Leo Janáček
The intense, pulsating and emotionally riveting music of Janáček is unequaled and unique. We'll explore the depths of this vivid portrayal of Moravian village life, and the tale of a domineering stepmother who is driven to commit a monstrous act to protect her stepdaughter. And we'll discover how Janáček's music eloquently expresses the transformative power of love and forgiveness.

April 25: "Opera Behind the Scenes"
How do opera companies really work? What is it like to be an opera singer> How do singers balance marriage, family, and art? We'll get an insider's viewpoint on the professional world of opera, revealing how the international opera industry operates, how careers are made or broken, and how the business of putting on opera coexists with the artistic ideals that make it a unique art form. It's the perfect time to ask those questions you'd always wanted to ask.

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