Collegiate Faculty


Music Director, Opera Program

Curt Pajer is interim director and music director of the Opera Program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he joined the faculty in 2010. In 2012 he also joined the music staff of the San Francisco Opera.  Until 2011 he was head of the music staff at both Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland.  Before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010 Pajer was based in New York City, where he maintained an active coaching studio and worked as an assistant conductor at New York City Opera. He has also served on the music staffs of prestigious opera companies, orchestras and festivals, including Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Colorado, Prague National Theater, the Nissei Theater (Tokyo), New York Philharmonic, Bard SummerScape, Astoria Music Festival (Oregon), Palm Beach Opera, Toledo Opera and Baltimore Opera.  Most recently, Pajer conducted Postcard from Morocco (Argento) and a double bill of Trouble in Tahiti and faculty composer David Garner's The Money Tree for San Francisco Conservatory Opera Theater, and Albert Herring for the Napa Valley Music Festival.  He will conduct the Conservatory's production of Albert Herring this spring.