Spring Opera Marks
Condemi's SFCM Debut
Donizetti's beloved comedy L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) casts its spell at the Conservatory on April 2 and 4. Jose Maria Condemi makes his directorial debut at SFCM before becoming the school's Director of Opera in July. Hear a preview with Condemi and interim director Curt Pajer on KDFC. Find more coverage at KQED. Tickets are still available for Saturday, April 4. Purchase here.
LA Phil's Tom Hooten Joins Trumpet Faculty
SFCM is welcoming another distinguished member to its all-star brass faculty. Tom Hooten, principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will begin teaching at the Conservatory in fall 2015. Read more.
Armer's Baroque Riddle
In one of the Conservatory's most intriguing collaborations this season, the Baroque Ensemble presents its first-ever world premiere on April 19. Leonardo's Riddle by faculty composer Elinor Armer, an intricately constructed score for period and modern instruments, perfectly punctuates a year-long celebration of Armer's 75th birthday. Read more.
A Sneak Peak at the Panoramic
Preview apartments at The Panoramic, a state-of-the-art high-rise with five floors reserved exclusively for Conservatory students. Set to open this summer, The Panoramic is just three blocks from SFCM in San Francisco's dynamic mid-Market neighborhood. Read more and watch a video introduction. [Photo: Patricia Chang]
Free Music Blossoms at SFCM
April is recital month! Whether it's guitar, voice, piano, brass, winds, strings, chamber music or new music, SFCM has your fix of free music. Check our performance calendar for details.
Game Scoring at SFCM Takes Flight
Students and faculty test drive SFCM's state-of-the-art recording studios and chart the course for SFCM's program in Technology and Applied Composition with the hypnotic soundtrack to the video game Gathering Sky.
Alumni Honored at 2015 Gala
SFCM paid tribute to three acclaimed alumni at it's annual spring gala. Metropolitan Opera soprano Elza van den Heever '04, lauded collaborative pianist Warren Jones '77, Achilles Liarmakopoulos '06, trombonist with the renowned Canadian Brass, and students from SFCM's Collegiate and Pre-College divisions treated Conservatory supporters to an incredible evening of music. Read more.
The eighth annual Switchboard Music Festival once again showcases SFCM musicians, including alumni, faculty and the SFCM Clarinet Ensemble, in a day-long marathon of electrifying and boundary-breaking music at San Francisco's Brava Theater on April 4.
Wuu Wins at Hilton Head
Pre-College pianist Elliot Wuu won First Prize at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition for young artists. Wuu receives $7000, a summer music scholarship and an invitation to perform as soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. He studies with Yoshikazu Nagai.
Pre-College On the Air
NPR's From the Top recorded an entire show at SFCM in February featuring students from the Pre-College Division including cellist Elena Ariza. Listen online.