Flutist Justin Lee '10 and cellist Anne Suda '11 perform The Unattained, a newly-commissioned work by composer Shahab Paranj '14, a student of David Garner, in a concert of flute-cello duets at the San Francisco Community Music Center on April 26.

SFCM is one of two U.S. schools to join a new alliance of leading music schools from across the Asia-Pacific region.

Jarring Sounds, the duo of Adam Cockerham '13, guitar, lute and theorbo, and Danielle Reutter-Harrah '11, mezzo-soprano, breaks the seal on seven world premieres in concert with the Guerrilla Composers Guild, featuring Conservatory composers. April 24 at the Center for New Music.

Composer Kristin Nordeval '87 featured at Ultima Festival New York, the first U.S. outpost of the Nordic region's largest contemporary music festival, Ultima Oslo. Read more.


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SFCM Co-Hosts National Brass Ensemble Project

 The Green Music Center

Twenty-six top brass players from America's finest orchestras convene in the Bay Area this June to recreate the historic 1968 Grammy Award-winning recording The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli. The National Brass Ensemble Project is a partnership between SFCM, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. Players including San Francisco Symphony principals and SFCM faculty Mark Inouye, trumpet, Robert Ward, horn and Tim Higgins, trombone, will perform in concert at the Green Center on June 12 and produce a new CD including music by Renaissance master Giovanni Gabrieli and a new work written for the ensemble by celebrated film composer John Williams. Tickets and information.

Thibaudet Master Class

  Jean Yves Thibaudet, one of the world's reigning classical pianists, holds a master class with three Conservatory students at the Steinway Piano Gallery in San Francisco on Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Thibaudet appears later the same evening with the San Francisco Symphony as soloist in Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1, a work that also features principal trumpet and SFCM faculty member Mark Inouye. Performances run through April 26.


Ann and Gordon Getty Challenge

The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation has pledged $1 million in support of the Conservatory's Strategic Vision and Plan, a bold set of initiatives announced by President David H. Stull on March 27 to guide the school into its second century. The Ann and Gordon Getty Challenge is the first step to ignite community interest and help launch the Conservatory's vision for the future which foresees new facilities, expanded curricula in technology and professional development, a visiting faculty program and new partnerships with leading arts organizations. Visit our giving page.

SFCM at the Kennedy Center

 Nine students from the Conservatory Wind and Brass Ensembles give a free concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on April 24 as part of the Conservatory Project, a showcase of top talent from American schools of music. Watch the performance online.

Recitals in Full Bloom

 With commencement a month away, Conservatory recitals are in full bloom, filling the air with every strain of music. This week alone, concerts include chamber and solo works for brass, guitar and voice; student compositions for various ensembles and three separate programs of chamber music for piano and strings. The bounty continues in May with woodwinds, new works for choir and a bouquet of individual recitals. Check our calendar.