Tidbits
POSTPONED: The faculty artist recital by mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook scheduled for October 3 has been postponed to Monday, November 17. The joint faculty recital on Thursday, October 9, featuring Bonnie Hampton, cello, Mack McCray, piano, and Bettina Mussumeli, violin, has been postponed until further notice. Please visit our performance calendar in spring 2015 for a rescheduled date.   

CANCELLED: The recital by faculty guitarist Giacomo Fiore '09 scheduled for Thursday, September 25 has been cancelled.


SFCM faculty members César Ulloa (voice), Wei He (violin), and Timothy Day (flute) are among those featured in a series of new videos.


$1 Million Getty Challenge Met! Thank you to our generous donors and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation for helping to launch the bold transformation of the Conservatory.

SFCM Names New Viola and Composition Faculty

The appointment of three new faculty members is strengthening the already close relationship between SFCM and its Civic Center neighbor, the San Francisco Symphony. The viola department welcomes two Symphony members, principal violist Jonathan Vinocour and associate principal Yun Jie (Jay) Liu, while Mason Bates joins the composition department. Known for moving fluidly between the worlds of classical composition and nightclub DJing, Bates was featured in the Symphony's most recent Beethoven and Bates festival program. Read more.

SFCM's Focus on
Professional Development

Professional DevelopmentFall semester has barely begun, but SFCM's Professional Development and Engagement Center is already helping 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 PDEC welcomes Ryan Brown '05, rising composer, Switchboard Music Festival co-founder and 2014 Hoefer Prize winner, as its new director of professional development. The Wall Street Journal recently featured SFCM in an article about arts school programs that are preparing students for careers in an evolving industry. The paper cited MaryClare Brzytwa, associate dean of new media and music technology, who is overseeing construction of new recording studios to support a new Technology and Applied Composition major. Read the full article. Pictured above is a Rupert Neve Designs 32 channel 5088 Discrete Analogue Mixer being installed at the Conservatory.

Cook and Glueckert at SF Opera

Cook and GluekertSFCM alumnus A.J. Glueckert '10 is holding down two roles this month at San Francisco Opera. The tenor, a second-year member of the opera's Adler Fellowship Program, appears as Flavio in Bellini's Norma and as Elder Gleaton in the company's much-anticipated premiere production of Susannah by Carlisle Floyd. Voice department chair and mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook also joins the cast of Susannah as Mrs. McLean, wife of a church elder in the Tennessee town whose residents render harsh judgment on a free-spirited young woman. Performances of Susannah run through September 21Norma closes September 30.

SFCM Announces Expanded 2014-15 Concert Season

 2014-15 Concert SeasonSFCM is adding depth and diversity to what is already the Bay Area's most comprehensive concert season. In 2014-15, the Conservatory presents twelve orchestra concerts, three full operas, premieres by nationally-known and home-grown composers, and an expanded faculty artist series of chamber works, early music and solo recitals. Internationally-acclaimed guest artists include mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, violinist Jennifer Koh and the Pacifica Quartet, while two star alumni, soprano Elza van den Heever '02 and collaborative pianist Warren Jones '77, headline the annual Gala in March. New events explore music beyond the concert hall. The nation's most esteemed music journalists headline the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism and industry professionals lead Game On, a conference on video game and film music. The Conservatory also hosts the favorite National Public Radio program From the Top in a radio taping before a live audience in the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall at 50 Oak Street. Most events are free. Tickets available online August 28. Tickets and reservations available by phone on September 2. View the season brochure. See our press release. Read more.

SFCM Announces New Program in Technology and Applied Composition

SFCM is preparing to offer composers professional training in the production studio as well as the concert hall to ready them for careers in the burgeoning fields of sound design and film and video game scoring. A new Technology and Applied Composition (TAC) program, now accepting undergraduate applications for 2015, will draw on the expertise of SFCM's academic faculty as well as industry professionals from leading Bay Area media companies including Electronic Arts and Skywalker Sound. Composers will have access to newly-outfitted production studios with state-of-the-art equipment sponsored by Meyer Sound, sE Electronics and AMS Neve. Read more.

Mack McCray in Recital

Piano department chair and chamber music co-chair Mack McCray performs a solo recital of Bartók, Beethoven and Liszt - with a sampling of Stockhausen - on Monday, September 22. SFCM's ongoing series of videos includes a new profile featuring McCray (above).

Registration Open for November Game Scoring Conference

Game On!

On November 1 and 2, SFCM and the American Composers Forum (ACF) present Game On! An Insider's Guide to Video Game Scoring, two days of workshops and discussions led by industry experts including video game composers Lennie Moore and Sean McMahon. Events include a live performance of game and film scores by composers including SFCM composition chair David Conte. Register online by October 24. SFCM alumni, ACF members and non-SFCM students receive a discount. Current SFCM students must register but can attend for free.

Acclaimed Journalists to Headline the 2014 Rubin Institute for Music Criticism at SFCM

Rubin InstituteA panel of the nation's most distinguished music journalists will examine, discuss and dissect the art of music criticism at a special symposium to be hosted by the Conservatory from November 5 to 10. The Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism will welcome writers from The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle among other noted publications. Events include lectures and panel discussions as well as private and public critiques of reviews by aspiring young writers and performances presented by Cal Performances, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Symphony. The professional Writers Panel will award the $10,000 Rubin Prize in Music Criticism to one participating student writer. Audience members are also invited to take part by submitting reviews in competition for the $1,000 Everyone's A Critic Public Audience Prize.

Find a schedule of Rubin Institute events and full details at www.sfcm.edu/rubin-institute.

Faculty Artist Series
Opens 2014-15 Season

Faculty Artist Series
SFCM's concert season opens at a full gallop with a Faculty Artist Series performance on September 3. Elizabeth Blumenstock, baroque violin, Elisabeth Reed, baroque cello, Corey Jamason, harpsichord and guest violinist Catherine MacIntosh present a historical period performance of works by Castello, Purcell, Corelli and others. Six concerts follow in September alone, featuring Emily Laurence, harp (September 6), Jeff Anderle '06, clarinet (September 8), Ian Swensen, violin (September 11), Indre Viskontas and Vocallective (September 14), Mack McCray, piano (September 22) and Giacomo Fiore '09, guitar (September 25). Admission at all concerts is free, although reservations may be required. See our performance calendar for details.

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