Voice Teacher Ulloa and Student Grisez Honored at Convocation
San Francisco Conservatory of Music voice faculty César Ulloa received the Sarlo Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching at a special Convocation ceremony held in the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall on Wednesday, September 24. President David H. Stull and foundation benefactor and Conservatory Trustee George S. Sarlo bestowed the annual award, which recognizes outstanding faculty members at several educational institutions in Northern California. SFCM also granted the Presser Scholarship, an award for musical achievement and academic excellence, to Mark Grisez '15, a collegiate senior who recently won a one-year appointment as acting associate principal trumpet with the San Francisco Symphony. Read more.
César Ulloa's Faculty Profile
Faculty member and Sarlo Award recipient César Ulloa discusses his approach to ushering students from school onto major opera stages in this video profile.
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.
Guitar Alumni Arrange a Sweep
Alumni swept the recent Seconda Prattica International Arrangement Competition for Solo Guitar presented in conjunction with the Great Lakes Guitar Society 2014 Guitar Festival. John Britton '12 won first and second place for arrangements of Debussy and Durey while Matthew Lyons '14 won third place for reworking a tune by Paul McCartney.
Soprano Adams Featured in
The music industry website Musical America features soprano Julie Adams '13 as its New Artist of the Month for October. Adams was recently named an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera Center where she joins fellow SFCM alumni A.J. Glueckert '10, tenor, and Efraín Solís '13, baritone. All are students of César Ulloa. Reflecting on a string a recent triumphs, including her win at the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Adams tellsMusical America "I never dreamed of coming this far. Honestly, I still can't believe I'm here."
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 Rupert Neve Designs. Read more.
Kristin Pankonin '89 Memorial Concert
SFCM hosts a concert celebrating the life of alumna and pianist Kristin Pankonin '89 on Sunday, October 5 at 7 p.m. Performers will include mezzo-soprano and trustee advisor Frederica von Stade, voice faculty chair Catherine Cook and numerous SFCM alumni. The concert also marks the launch of a fund at SFCM honoring Pankonin's musical legacy and supporting the creation and performance of new art song.
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.
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