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 2015–2016

  • Fall classes begin: August 27
  • Fall break: October 8-9
  • Thanksgiving break: November 23-27
  • Winter break: December 18 - January 4
  • Winter Term January 4 - January 22nd
  • Srping classes begin - January 25
  • Presidents' Day: February 15
  • Spring break: March 21-25
  • Last day of classes and exams: May 9

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 or to schedule a specific tour appointment.  We give daily tours at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Tours are not available between December 18 and January 4.

Tours of our brand new residence hall, The Panoramic, are offered only during the 11am, 1pm, and 3pm admission tours. The Panoramic is a brand-new high-rise residence for students. Opening in Fall 2015, the Panoramic offers affordable apartments with full kitchens, natural light and expansive views; spaces for study, socializing and practice; and a central location in San Francisco less than a ten-minute walk from SFCM. Residents enjoy immediate access to transit (BART and Muni); cultural landmarks including the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Center for New Music and SFJAZZ center; farmers markets and grocery stores (Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and others); shopping, cafes and restaurants. The Panoramic also lies at the heart of San Francisco's thriving hi-tech district.

Large group tours must be coordinated with the Office of Admission at least one month in advance.  Please contact Steve Castles at to schedule a group tour.


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.