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          Gilbert and Sullivan Scenes
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Gilbert and Sullivan Scenes
The perfect training program for the young stage performer -- now in its fourteenth year! A collaboration with Lamplighters Music Theater.
Ages: 10-18
When: June 13-25, 2016
Monday-Thursday 1:00-5:00 p.m.; Fridays 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Performance: Saturday, June 25, 2:00 p.m.
Tuition: $850
Application Deadline: April 15

Explore the "Topsy-Turvy" world of rollicking pirates, damsels in distress and modern major generals! Daily classes and rehearsals emphasize singing, acting and stage movement, leading to a fully staged and costumed performance of Gilbert and Sullivan scenes in association with artistic staff from Lamplighters Music Theatre, San Francisco's award-winning Gilbert and Sullivan company.

Audition required. 2016 Audition dates are April 9 and 17. 
Present two contrasting selections in English (one at a lively tempo), from the Gilbert & Sullivan, classic Broadway (no belting, please), light opera or operetta repertoire. Choose songs that show off your personality. Selections should be memorized. You will also be asked to sight-read a monologue. Accompanist provided. (see also the 'How to Apply' link on our Home Page) Long -distance applicants may send a video audition. 

"Participation in Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes expanded my range, helped me meet new people, recognize new talents and helped me grow as a singer."     -- Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes student, age 14

Sample Daily Schedule

1:00-1:30   Vocal warmup/movement
1:35-2:30   Musical coachings/Staging #1(large ensemble numbers)
2:30-2:45   BREAK
2:50-3:30   Musical coachings/Staging #2 (solos/small ensembles by group)
3:35-4:10   Musical coachings/Staging #3 (solos/small ensembles by group)
4:15-5:00   Musical coachings/Staging #4 (solos/small ensembles by group)

Note: Every student will experience unscheduled time slots, which may be used for individual or small group practice.


Composition Workshop
Ages: 13–19*
For students that haven't started full-time college or conservatory study yet.
When: June 20 – July 8, 2016, Monday – Friday 10:00am-5:00 p.m.
No classes on Monday, July 4
Performance: Friday, July 8, 7:00 p.m.
Tuition: $1750
Application Deadline: April 15

Directed by SFCM, Pre-College Division composition chair, Daniel Wood, and with guest visits by guest artist composers and musicians, the Composition Workshop offers talented young artists the chance to intensely study composition for small forces through the acoustic and electronic lens of the 21st century. The 3 week program offers:

  • Daily classes in harmony, orchestration, and compositional techniques
  • Weekly Private Instruction
  • Focused Study in 21st century electronic techniques as well as traditional methods
  • Access to SFCM's State-of-the-Art Digital Lab featuring Logic, Sibelius, Abelton Live, ProTools and thousands of virtual instruments
  • Culminating concert showcasing pieces written during the workshop performed by SFCM students and faculty
  • Master classes with industry professionals (2016 guests will include Gabriela Lena Frank and David Conte. Past visits include Mason Bates, Aaron Jay Kernis, David Garner, Dan Becker, Elinor Armer)

Application requirements (see also the 'How to Apply' link on our Home Page)
Submit PDF scores of two recently composed contrasting works (with an MP3 or MP4 recording if available) at the time of application. An interview with the composition instructor is required, during which you should be prepared to perform one short piece on your instrument. Long distance applicants may interview by phone.