SFCM's Focus on
Fall 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.
SFCM Announces Expanded 2014-15 Concert Season
SFCM 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.
Couden Chosen for Met's Young Artist Program
Contralto Sara Couden has been chosen to participate in the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program for the 2014-15 season. As a member of one of the country's top opera training programs, Couden will work with Met artistic staff and the company's roster of world-renowned artists, enjoy access to daily Met rehearsals and practice sessions, and also participate in joint productions at The Juilliard School. Couden studied with César Ulloa.
A Profile of Piano Department Chair Mack McCray
An enduring passion for the piano permeates the teaching of Mack McCray, piano department chair and chamber music co-chair. View the latest in SFCM's series of faculty videos.
at Merola Finale
According to several published accounts, soprano Julie Adams '13 provided the performance highlight of this year's Merola Opera Program Grand Finale concert. Adams' rendition with tenor Casey Candebat of the "Cherry Duet" from Mascagni's L'Amico Fritz drew heady praise. San Francisco Chronicle critic Joshua Kosman wrote, "In more than 25 years of covering this event, I've never seen a Merola finale as swamped by outsize talents as Saturday night's was by soprano Julie Adams and tenor Casey Candebat." Adams studies with César Ulloa.
Faculty Artist Series
Opens 2014-15 Season
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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