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 2014-15, the Opera Theatre Department , as lead by our interim director Curt Pajer, produced two fully staged productions, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, and Britten's Albert Herring. Performed in the Conservatory's venerable Concert Hall, these productions enjoy all the richness of fully developed sets, full orchestral accompaniment, theatrical lighting, and A/V production and recording techniques.
In addition to these full productions, Conservatory performers also produced a fully staged version of Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti with piano accompaniment, as well as four multi-night showcases of scenes from the most important moments in the repertory.
The Conservatory is proud to welcome Jose Maria Condemi as its new Director of Opera. Learn more at Jose Maria's official website.
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
César Ulloa, Chair
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.