The Thalea String Quartet debuts with a free concert at SFCM on Sunday, December 14 at 5 p.m. The newly-formed student ensemble performs works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Joaquín Turina. Read more.

SFCM faculty members Tim Day (flute), Wei He '98 (violin), César Ulloa (voice) and Daniel Wood (Pre-College musicianship and composition) are among those featured in a series of new videos.

SFCM to Offer New Housing in Fall 2015

The Conservatory is offering a new housing opportunity for students returning and enrolling next fall: state-of-the-art apartments in a new high-rise residence called The Panoramic. Located in San Francisco's dynamic Mid-Market neighborhood, just three blocks from campus, The Panoramic provides rooms with full kitchens and expansive views as well as spaces for study, socializing and practice. Read more.

Faculty Make Musical America's List of Top Innovators

Musical America profiles New Music Ensemble director Nicole Paiement and conducting faculty Michael Morgan in a special issue identifying 30 courageous and innovative arts leaders from around the world. Read more.

SFCM's Grammy Prospects

West Side Story More than three dozen SFCM faculty, staff and alumni perform on San Francisco Symphony's release of West Side Story with Michael Tilson Thomas, just nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best Musical Theater Album" category. Adam Jacobs, a former Pre-College piano student, was nominated in the same category for his performance in the lead role of Aladdin on Walt Disney Records. And the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's recording of music by faculty composer Mason Bates received a nomination for Best Engineered Album, Classical.

A Faculty Stocking Stuffer

Bridge Chamber Virtuosi A faculty trio calling themselves the Bridge Chamber Virtuosi has just released a debut CD. Violinist Wei He '98, Lay Liu, associate principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony, and Amos Yang, SFS assistant principal cellist, perform works by contemporary Chinese composers Bright Sheng, Lei Liang and Chen Yi, including several premieres, as well as music by Dohnanyi.

Foglesong Perfects a Pre-Concert Art

Scott Foglesong Music theory and musicianship chair Scott Foglesong nearly stole the show at a recent San Francisco Symphony concert - a full hour before the symphony took the stage. That's according to an extraordinary review in San Francisco Classical Voice, which reserved its highest praise for Foglesong's mastery of an often overlooked genre of performance art: the pre-concert lecture.  Read more.

Alumni Charm in Cenerentola on Two Continents

Efrain and KateRecent SFCM alumni singing in two different major productions of Rossini's La Cenerentola have won equally rave reviews. Opera Today called baritone Efraín Solís '13 "the biggest star of the evening" for his appearance as Dandini at San Francisco Opera while Kate Allen '12 was labelled "a diva in the making" for her portrayal in the title role at Wexford Festival Opera. Read more.

Leading Industry Artists Join New Program in Scoring for Film, Games and Media

Major figures in the film and game music industry including Leslie Ann Jones, Austin Wintory, Jeff Beal and Laura Karpman will headline SFCM's new Technology and Applied Composition (TAC) program as visiting industry faculty and guest artists. Read more.

Scott Sandmeier, Conservatory Orchestra Music Director

Scott Sandmeier teaches the fine points of ensemble and solo playing with help from history's finest composers as he leads the SFCM Orchestra.

SFCM Hosts New Music Gathering in January

The New Music Gathering, a hybrid conference and music festival of national scope, comes to SFCM from January 15-17. The inaugural event will focus on artist-led ensembles. Headliners include flutist Clare Chase, SFCM faculty member Sarah Cahill and the alumni duo The Living Earth Show. Events also include discussions, presentations and an open rehearsal with Kronos Quartet. Read a preview in The New York Times and find more information here.

Expert Tips for a Successful School Audition

As school application season hits fever pitch, SFCM's Director of Admission Melissa Cocco-Mitten and President David H. Stull share some tips on the process in Playbill magazine.

SFCM's Focus on Professional Development

Professional DevelopmentSFCM's Professional Development and Engagement Center helps students focus on life after graduation. Visit the PDEC page for a video introduction and descriptions of wide-ranging career resources from grantwriting assistance to software training. The Wall Street Journal recently featured SFCM and cited MaryClare Brzytwa, associate dean of new media and music technology, in an article about arts school programs that are preparing students for careers in an evolving industry. Read the full article.

Critical Words from Top Music Journalists

Rubin InstituteIn lectures and panel discussions held at the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, several of the nation's most prominent music critics reflected on the future of classical music and of music journalism. Read excerpts of comments made by Anne Midgette of the Washington Post, Tim Page of the University of Southern California, Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times and Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal.

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