Visit SFCM

Planning Your Visit

We encourage you to visit our campus.  Classroom and rehearsal visits, consultative lessons with faculty and attending performances provide an exciting glimpse into the musical life of the Conservatory.

You are welcome to attend classes and rehearsals. In order to plan your visit, please contact the Office of Admission at 800.899.7326.

Click here for information about each of our performance departments. In addition, you will find a list of classes and rehearsals that you may attend during your visit here. Once you have determined the classes that you would like to observe, please contact the Office of Admission so that we may facilitate your visit.

Academic Calendar 2014–2015

  • Fall classes begin: September 2
  • Fall break: October 13-14
  • Thanksgiving break: November 26-28
  • Winter break: December 19-January 20
  • Presidents' Day: February 16
  • Spring break: March 23-27
  • Last day of classes and exams: May 11

The Conservatory presents over 400 performances each year. We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities during your visit. Most concerts and master classes at the Conservatory are free and open to the public, but some require an advance ticket purchase. Please visit our Calendar for information about upcoming performances.


Although tours are generally available on a drop-in basis, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm throughout the year, the Office of Admission HIGHLY RECOMMENDS that you contact us in advance at 800-899-SFCM to schedule a specific tour appointment. Tours are not available between December 19 and January 6.

Tours of Golden Gate Hall, our student residence hall, are offered upon request. Golden Gate Hall is conveniently located about two blocks away from the Conservatory and provides dormitory style living for our students.

Large group tours must be coordinated with the Office of Admission at least one month in advance, and are limited to a total of 30 participants.

For a Virtual Tour of our new facility, please click here


Nearly all Conservatory faculty are available by advance appointment for a private lesson, schedule permitting. Students may either be put in contact with faculty through the Office of Admission or may contact them on their own using email addresses provided at the bottom of faculty biographies, found here. Members of voice faculty charge $100 per hour per consultative lesson. Members of the faculty in other areas will advise applicants of any lesson fees on a case-by-case basis.


Most concerts and master classes at the Conservatory are free and open to the public, but some do require an advance ticket purchase. Please check the Calendar prior to making your travel arrangements.