Performance Departments


The Voice Department consists of approximately 95 undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, eight private voice teachers, ten individually assigned coach-accompanists and specialists in diction, pedagogy and physiology. Because the Conservatory is situated within walking distance to the San Francisco Opera House and Davies Symphony Hall, students enjoy impromptu visits from many internationally acclaimed artists, who offer invaluable information about performing and starting a career.

In 2011-2012, the Opera Theater department performed two fully staged operas; Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck and Così fan tutte by Mozart with guest conductor
Giuseppe Finzi of the San Francisco Opera. These were presented along with Menotti’s one-act operas The Telephone and The Medium.  The vocal program also presented La bohème, Act III by Puccini and The Impressario by Mozart.  Drawing on the expertise of Fredrica von Stade and Lofti Monsouri,  the department produced a salon performance of discussion and song titled Trio Passionale - The Lives of Robert and Clara Schumann.  
2013-14 Season includes:
One Acts | Nov 9, 7:30pm & Nov 26, 7:30pm
Opera Workshop | Nov 22, 7:30pm & Nov 26, 7:30pm 
Puccini: La bohème | Dec 6, 7:30pm & Dec 8, 2pm
Argento: Postcard from Morocco | Apr 10-12, 7:30pm & Apr 13, 2pm
Martin Katz vocal coaching masterclass | Nov 7, 7:30pm
Greer Grimsley bass-baritone masterclass | Nov 11, 7:30pm
Ian Howell countertenor masterclass | Feb 17, 7:30pm
  • One 50-minute coaching session with personal accompanist every week in addition to one 50-minute lesson (which the accompanist also attends)
  • Vocal Performance Lab: Two-hour performance class every week with all vocal students and faculty; includes master classes, studio classes and student performances
  • Voice Department Recitals: opportunity to perform on one or more of ten evening recitals per year, open to the public
  • Two fully staged, fully costumed operas per year
  • Two to three one-act operas each semester
  • Six evenings of opera scenes each semester
  • New Music Ensemble
  • Four evenings of Musical Theater performances
  • Annual Vocal Concerto Competition: winner performs with the Conservatory Orchestra
  • Various departmental collaborations including compositions and chamber music
  • Annual Baroque opera or oratorio, plus two Baroque recitals per year
  • Conservatory Chorus: Two performances per year including major works
  • Chamber Choir: Three performances per year including major works

Sylvia Anderson
Catherine Cook, chair
Patricia Craig
Pamela Fry
Leroy Kromm
Daniel Mobbs
Ruby Pleasure
Jane Randolph
Marcie Stapp
César Ulloa

We encourage prospective students to contact the voice faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The voice faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

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Art Songs as Theatre
Vocal Performance Lab
Opera Workshop
Musical Theater
Opera Theatre
Opera Direction
Fundamental Acting for Singers
Principles of Acting
Beginning Theatrical Dance
Chamber Choir