Performance Departments

Strings

The Conservatory's Department of Strings features a world-class faculty who are active performers in orchestras, chamber groups and festivals around the world. Small studio size and a close-knit faculty allow students to work closely with their studio teacher and other members of the string faculty as well. Opportunities to play music of many genres and eras, to perform in chamber groups and orchestras and to compete in competitions all complement private studies. The program's close inter-departmental collaborations and strong connections to the outside music scene prepare graduates for the music world beyond the Conservatory.
 
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CELLO DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE
 
  • Two cello faculty
  • Small department of 20-25 students
  • Opportunities to play chamber music and receive coaching by chamber faculty
  • Weekly studio class
  • Annual String Concerto Competition - winner performs with the Conservatory Orchestra
  • Regular solo and chamber performance opportunities in our Concert Halls
  • Six or more Conservatory Orchestra concerts per year
  • Six or more Baroque Ensemble performances per year
  • Six or more New Music Ensemble performances per year
  • Recent master classes include Bonnie Hampton and Norman Fischer


FACULTY
Jennifer Culp
Jean-Michel Fonteneau

We encourage prospective students to contact the cello faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The cello faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

2013-2014 Cello Highlights

Jean-Michel Fonteneau and Jeffrey Sykes faculty and guest artists concert | Sept 19, 8pm
Ian Swensen, Paul Katz and Pei-shan Lee faculty and guest artists concert | Sept 26, 8pm
Bonnie Hampton and Julio Elizalde faculty and guest artists concert | Oct 13, 2pm
Norman Fischer guest artist master class and concert |  March 4, 7:30pm & March 6, 8pm
Bonnie Hampton faculty concert | March 16, 2pm
 

DOUBLE BASS DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE

  • Two double bass faculty, both members of the San Francisco Symphony
  • Small program of 10-12 students
  • Weekly repertoire classes
  • Opportunities to play chamber music and receive coaching by chamber faculty
  • Recent master classes include Timothy Cobb, Hal Robinson and Janne Saksala
  • Annual String Concerto Competition - winner performs with the Conservatory Orchestra
  • Regular solo and chamber performance opportunities in our Concert Halls
  • Six or more Conservatory Orchestra concerts per year
  • Six or more Baroque Ensemble performances per year
  • Six or more New Music Ensemble performances per year


FACULTY
Scott Pingel
Stephen Tramontozzi

We encourage prospective students to contact the double bass faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The bass faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

2013-2014 Bass Highlights

Tian Yang Liu and the Conservatory Orchestra perform Frank Proto's A Carmen Fantasy for Double Bass and Orchestra | May 3, 8pm


HARP DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE

  • Small program of three to four students
  • Weekly harp class
  • Biannual Harp Concerto Competition - winner performs with the Conservatory Orchestra
  • Regular solo and chamber performance opportunities in our Concert Halls
  • Six or more Conservatory Orchestra concerts per year
  • Six or more Baroque Ensemble performances per year
  • Six or more New Music Ensemble performances per year


FACULTY
Douglas Rioth

We encourage prospective students to contact the harp faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The harp faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

 
VIOLA DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE

  • Five viola faculty
  • Small program of under 20 students
  • Weekly studio class
  • Opportunities to play chamber music and receive coaching by chamber faculty
  • Annual String Concerto Competition - winner performs with the Conservatory Orchestra
  • Regular solo and chamber performance opportunities in our Concert Halls
  • Six or more Conservatory Orchestra concerts per year
  • Six or more Baroque Ensemble performances per year
  • Six or more New Music Ensemble performances per year
  • Master classes with artists such as Kim Kashkashian and Roberto Diaz


FACULTY
Paul Hersh
Katie Kadarauch orchestral excerpts
Jodi Levitz chair, string department
Yun Jie Liu

Madeline Prager
Jonathan Vinocour


We encourage prospective students to contact the viola faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The viola faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

2013-2014 Viola Highlights

Don Ehrlich faculty concert | Jan 27, 8pm
Kim Kashkashian guest artist masterclass and concert | Feb 11, 7:30pm & Feb 13, 8pm
Jodi Levitz faculty concert | April 4, 8pm
 


VIOLIN DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE

  • Five violin faculty
  • Small program of around 45 students
  • Weekly studio class
  • Opportunities to play chamber music and receive coaching by chamber faculty
  • Annual String Concerto Competition - winner performs with the Conservatory Orchestra
  • Regular solo and chamber performance opportunities in our Concert Halls
  • Six or more Conservatory Orchestra concerts per year
  • Six or more Baroque Ensemble performances per year
  • Six or more New Music Ensemble performances per year
  • Recent master classes include Gil Shaham and Robert Mann


FACULTY
Alexander Barantschik
Wei He
Bettina Mussumeli
Ian Swensen
Catherine Van Hoesen orchestral excerpts for violin

We encourage prospective students to contact the violin faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The violin faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

2013-2014 Violin Highlights

Ian Swensen, Paul Katz and Pei-shan Lee faculty and guest artists concert | Sept 26, 8pm
Bonnie Hampton and Julio Elizalde faculty and guest artists concert | Oct 13, 2pm
David Kim violin masterclass | Oct 14, 7:30pm
Jorja Fleezanis guest artist masterclass and concert | Nov 19, 7:30pm & Nov 21, 8pm
Robert Mealy baroque violin masterclass | Feb 25, 10am
Krista Bennion-Feeney and Corey Jamason faculty and alumni concert | April 14, 8pm
 

Conservatory Orchestra 2013-2014

Brahms Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.73 | Sept 28, 8pm and Sept 29, 2pm
Debussy Trois Nocturnes: Nuages and Fêtes; Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, Op.45 | Nov 2, 8pm and Nov 3, 2pm
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber; Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 in D Minor, Op.15 | Nov 23, 8pm and Nov 24, 2pm
Mozart Symphony No.41 in C Major, K.551 "Jupiter"; Strauss Don Juan, Op.20 | Feb 15, 8pm
Stravinsky The Firebird | May 3, 8pm


CLASSES TO VISIT

Orchestra
New Music Ensemble
Baroque Ensemble
Chamber Music
Violin Studio Class*
Viola Class*
Cello Class*
Double Bass Class*
Harp Class*
 
*Please contact the appropriate faculty member to inquire about attending this class