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

Sylvia Anderson
Catherine Cook
Patricia Craig
Leroy Kromm
Susanne Mentzer
Ruby Pleasure
Jane Randolph
César Ulloa, chair
Deborah Voigt 

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.


Corinne Rydman2015-2016 HIGHLIGHTS
- Patrick Summers vocal coaching Master Class | Sep. 14, 7:30 pm
- Pacific Voice Conference: Lectures, panels and demonstrations on voice medicine and care, voice technology and voice in the performing arts| Oct. 4, 9 am – 6 pm
- Pacific Voice Conference Gala Concert: One Larynx, Many Voices* | Oct. 4, 7 pm
- Martin Katz vocal coaching Master Class | Feb. 25, 7:30 pm
- Bizet/Brook La tragédie de Carmen | Dec. 4, 7:30 pm & Dec. 6, 2 pm
- Opera Scenes | Nov. 21, 8 pm & Apr. 23, 7:30 pm & Apr. 24, 2 pm
- Mozart Don Giovanni | Apr. 1, 7:30 pm & Apr. 3, 2 pm
- Jonathan Dove Mansfield Park (West Coast premiere) | May. 4 7:30 pm & May. 6, 7:30 pm
- Musical Theatre Production: A New Brain | May 8, 8 pm

Department Recitals
Oct. 7, 27;
Nov. 10;
Feb. 4;
Mar. 1;
Apr. 13, 25

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