Student Support Offices

A number of Conservatory offices and staff are available to support students and their academic programs of study.

Student Services Center - 415.503.6259

The Student Services Center on the 4th floor of the Conservatory is a one-stop desk for collegiate students to have questions answered as well as obtain assistance with:

  • Community-building, wellness, and other student programs
  • Locker assignments
  • Piano and String Instrument Loans
  • MUNI Class Pass program
  • General questions regarding I-20s and Student Visas
  • General guidance on Conservatory policies and procedures

The Student Services Center is your first point of contact for assistance with any of the student services at the Conservatory - Registrar, Student Life, FInancial Aid, and International Student Services.

Zach Van Pelt, Student and Academic Affairs Administrator
Student Services Center, 4th Floor
zvanpelt@sfcm.edu - 415.503.6259

Office of the Registrar

The Registrar's Office is responsible for maintaining students' academic records. This office coordinates registration for each fall and spring semester, scheduling of classes and juries, statistical reporting, transcript preparation and issuance, class and grade rosters, and directory preparation. The office also completes necessary forms for the Veterans Administration.

Jonas Wright, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Suite 408 - 415.503.6259
jwright@sfcm.edu

Rebecca Sorell, Registrar and Director of Institutional Research
Suite 408 - 415.503.6259
rsorell@sfcm.edu

Connor Callaghan, Financial Aid and Registrar Assistant
Suite 408 - 415.503.6259
ccallaghan@sfcm.edu

Ruby Pleasure, International and Transfer Student Advisor
Office 606 - 415.503.6228
rap@sfcm.edu

The International and Transfer Student Advisor assists:

  • Incoming transfer students wishing to receive transfer credit for courses in the general education area and music electives completed at other accredited institutions. Review the "Academic Requirements for Admission" section of the latest Collegiate Catalog for complete details.
  • Current students wishing to transfer credit for courses in the general education area and music electives completed at other accredited institutions.
  • International students in obtaining and maintaining appropriate visa status for study in the United States of America.
Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life provides programs and services that enhance student learning, provide leadership opportunities, promote community development, and support the educational goals of Conservatory students. The Office of Student Life oversees the student health insurance plan, health and wellness programs, social activities, student conduct, and residential life and housing.  

Jason E. Smith, Associate Dean for Student Life
Office 407 - 415.503.6259
jsmith@sfcm.edu

Rita Chang, PhD, Conservatory Counselor
Office C-22 - 415.503.6325
rchang@sfcm.edu

  • Please see the Counseling Services website regarding services and appointments. Please note that email is not necessarily a secure/confidential form of communication.
Office of Financial Aid

The Conservatory maintains a generous financial aid program, including scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment. Approximately 97 percent of our students receive some portion of their assistance directly from Conservatory scholarships. Conservatory financial aid awards generally include gift assistance (scholarship or grant) and self-help assistance (loans and work opportunities).

Doris Howard, Director of Financial Aid
Suite 408 - 415.503.6259
dbh@sfcm.edu

Connor Callaghan, Financial Aid and Registrar Assistant
Suite 408 - 415.503.6259
ccallaghan@sfcm.edu

Professional Development and Engagement Center

The Professional Development and Engagement Center offers advising and instruction on grant proposals, digital portfolios, websites, resumes, bios, audio and video editing, fundraising, graduate school and festival applications, project startup, brainstorming and more! The Professional Development and Engagement Center is a creative space where students receive career counseling, support and training on their professional endeavors, multi-media projects, presentation skills, employment research and more.  Additionally, the Professional Development and Engagement Center houses the Music-to-Go, Conservatory in the Schools, and Community Service programs.  

Ryan Brown, Director of Professional Development
Library, Suite 622 - 415.503.6309
rbrown@sfcm.edu 

Elizabeth Lowry, Director of Community Outreach
Library, Suite 622 - 415.503.6258
elowry@sfcm.edu

Music-to-Go Coordinator
Library, Suite 622
mtg@sfcm.edu