Notes From the Past

SFCM's history comes back to life with our Oral History Project. Read and listen to our latest addition: former guitar faculty member George Sakellarioushares early memories of the Conservatory, and stories from years of performing and touring throughout the world.

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A Concert for All Voices

International experts on the science and care of the human voice come to SFCM this weekend for the Annual Pacific Voice Conference. A Gala Concert on October 4 features faculty member and mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook (pictured) along with Broadway's longest-reigning Phantom of the Opera, SFCM voice students and singers of jazz, R&B... and even heavy-metal. Read more.

An Emmy in the Cards for Beal

Congratulations to composer Jeff Beal, SFCM Technology and Applied Composition program visiting faculty member, for winning an Emmy for his original score to the Netflix series House of Cards. Hear the Amaranth String Quartet perform an arrangement by composition chair David Conte.

Adams Wins Connell Prize

Soprano Julie Adams '13 has won the 2015 Elizabeth Connell Prize, a major new award for aspiring dramatic sopranos granted by the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation in Sydney, Australia. Adams continues to study with voice department chair César Ulloa . Read more.

SFCM Honors Faculty Composer Conte and Student Yu at Convocation

David Conte, chair of SFCM's composition department, received the Sarlo Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching at this year's Convocation ceremonies. Senior Tzu-Hsun Yu '16, a violist entering her senior year in the studio of Jodi Levitz, was awarded the Presser Scholarship for academic and musical achievement.

A Chamber Music Rave

Alumni and student-founded chamber groups join a mashup club event featuring live electronica, DJing and classical music at San Francisco's Ruby Skye on October 2. Mercury Soul is an ongoing event co-created by acclaimed composer and SFCM faculty member Mason Bates (alias: DJ Masonic).


Students Move In and Up

Some 130 students arriving at SFCM this month made a special debut - even before attending their first class. They became the first residents of the Panoramic, a newly build high-rise apartment building just three blocks from campus. Read more.

Video Game Launch Features SFCM Soundtrack

The mesmerizing video game Gathering Sky, released in August, creates the sensation of flight with the help of an evocative score performed by SFCM students and recorded in the Conservatory's Technology and Applied Composition (TAC) studios. Noted game composer and visiting TAC faculty member Dren McDonald led the recording session last January. Watch.