Mason Bates Joins Composition Faculty
Mason Bates, one of the most widely-performed symphonic composers of his generation, joins SFCM's composition faculty this fall. Known for moving fluidly between the worlds of classical composition and DJing, Bates writes innovative orchestral works that incorporate electronic beats and samples played on drumpad and laptop, techniques derived from his career as a techno artist. He joins the composition department as SFCM expands its curriculum in traditional composition to encompass music technology and composing for film, games and other media. Bates performs his piece Alternative Energy from September 10-13 with the San Francisco Symphony as part of their ongoing Beethoven and Bates series. Read more.
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.
Cook and Glueckert at SF Opera
SFCM 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 21. Norma closes September 30.
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.
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.
Registration Open for November Game Scoring Conference
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
A 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.
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.
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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