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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 thirteenth year! A collaboration with Lamplighters Music Theater.
Ages: 10-18When: June 15-27, Monday-Thursday 1:00-5:00 p.m.; Friday 12:00-5:00pm
Performance: Saturday, June 27, 2:00 p.m.
Tuition: $820
Application Deadline: April 1

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. 2015 Audition dates: April 12, 18 and 19
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) 

"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 22, 2015 – July 10, 2015, Monday – Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
Tuition: $1500
Application Deadline: April 1

Directed by SFCM, Pre-College Division composition chair, Daniel Wood, and with guest visits by composer/electronica phenom Mason Bates, 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 (past visits include Aaron Jay Kernis, David Garner, Gabriela Lena Frank, Dan Becker, Elinor Armer)

Application requirements (see also the 'How to Apply' link on our Home Page)
Submit a PDF score of one recently composed work (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.