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.
 
We invite you to visit our Press Page for news about the string department at SFCM. Be sure to also check out our Performance Calendar for upcoming string area concerts at SFCM.  Please visit our SFCM Strings Facebook page!
 
 

 
 

2015-2016 Orchestra Highlights

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Sep 12, 8 pm
Eric Tran '14 piano 
Myslivecek ˇ Octet for Winds No. 2 in E-flat Major
Kraus Symphony in C Major, VB 139
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466

Scott Sandmeier conductor  | Sep 13, 2 pm
Jodi Levitz viola
Thalea String Quartet
Mozart Viola Quintet in G Minor, K. 516
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Oct 18, 2 pm
Open Rehearsal
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Nov 7, 8 pm & Nov 8, 2 pm
High Spirits
(world premiere, Highsmith Award winner) 
Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet
Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Dec 12, 8 pm
Joshua Peters '14 violin
Brahms Academic Festival Overture 
Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Feb 20, 8 pm & Feb 21, 2 pm
Strauss Death and Transfiguration
Schubert/Berio Rendering

Scott Sandmeier conductor | May 7, 8 pm & May 8, 2 pm
Molly Hill '15 mezzo-soprano
J. Strauss Overture to Der Zigeunerbaron
Wagner Wesendonck Lieder 
Revueltas Sensemaya 
Ravel Daphnis and Chloë Suite No. 2

2015-2016 Chamber Music Highlights

Mozart Viola Quintet in G Minor, K. 516Jodi Levitz, viola & Thalea String Quartet Sep 13, 2 pm
How to Start and Run Your Own Chamber Ensemble Symposia | Oct 12, 12 pm
Thalea String Quartet Concert | Oct 13, 8 pm
Members of Kronos Quartet Master Class | Nov 10, 7:30 pm
Members of Danish String Quartet Master Class | Nov 18, 7:30 pm
Geoff Nuttall violin Master Class Dec 8, 7:30 pm 
Geoff Nuttall Concert Dec 10, 8 pm
Members of Takács Quartet Master Class Feb 22, 10 am
Thalea String Quartet Concert Feb 23, 8 pm
Borromeo String Quartet Concert Mar 14, 7:30 pm
Borromeo String Quartet Master Class Mar 15, 7:30 pm
Borromeo String Quartet Lecture Mar 16 7:30 pm
Borromeo String Quartet Concert Mar 17, 8 pm
 
String Department Recitals
Sep 22; Oct 6, 28; Nov 3, 13; Dec 14; Feb 4, 16, 17, 26; Mar 9; Apr 5, 12, 25; May 3
 
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.

2015-2016 Cello Highlights

Jean-Michel Fonteneau and guest artists concert | Sep 16, 8 pm
Bonnie Hampton, Paul Hersh, Eric Zivian, and Ian Swensen Joint Faulty Recital | Sep 21, 8 pm
 

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.


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
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.

2015-2016 Viola Highlights

Jodi Levitz faculty concert | Oct 8, 8pm
Don Ehrlich faculty concert | Nov 9, 8pm
Baroque Variations, Jodi Levitz viola & Thalea String Quartet Mar 4, 8 pm
Jonathan Vinocour faculty concert | Mar 29, 8pm
Helen Callus Master Class Apr 22, 7:30 pm

 

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.

2015-2016 Violin Highlights

Geoff Nuttall Master Class and Concert | Dec 8, 7:30pm, Dec 10, 8 pm
Ian Swensen faculty concert | Sep 23, 8 pm & Feb 24, 8 pm
Midori Master Class
 | Sep 29, 7:30 pm
Jennifer Koh Master Class | Nov 5, 7:30 pm
William van der Sloot Master Class | Nov. 13, 7:30 pm
Wei He '98 Faculty Concert | Oct 25 2 pm
Nora Chastain Master Class | Dec 1, 7:30 pm
Pinchas Zuckerman Master Class | Feb 13, 5 pm
Bettina Mussumeli Faculty Recital | Mar 7, 8 pm

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