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.
2014-15 Season includes:
Scenes from Operas of Benjamin Britten | Nov 6, 7:30pm & Nov 8, 7:30pm
Opera Scenes | Nov 23, 2pm & Nov 25, 7:30pm
Bernstein Trouble in Tahiti | Dec 5, 7:30pm & Dec 7, 2pm
Donizetti: L'elisir D'amore | Apr 2, 7:30pm & Apr 4, 7:30pm
Britten: Albert Herring | May 6, 7:30pm & May 8, 7:30pm
Erica Schuller '09 soprano and MUSA cahmber ensemble | Sep 12, 8pm
Indre Viskontas '08 soprano with Vocallective | Sep 14, 2pm
Catherine Cook mezzo-soprano | Oct 3, 8pm

Lisa Delan '89 soprano | Feb 11, 8pm
Martin Katz vocal coaching masterclass | Oct 30, 7:30pm
Derek Chester masterclass | Feb 23, 7:30pm
Susan Graham masterclass | Mar 3, 2:30pm



  • 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
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