Tidbits

San Francisco's Bay Area Rainbow Symphony performs The Blue Hour by former composition faculty Conrad Susa and works by Mahler and Tchaikovsky under the direction of SFCM faculty member Michael Morgan on Saturday, November 22 at 8 p.m.


SFCM faculty members Tim Day (flute), Wei He '98 (violin), César Ulloa (voice) and Daniel Wood (Pre-College musicianship and composition) are among those featured in a series of new videos.


$1 Million Getty Challenge Met! Thank you to our generous donors and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation for helping to launch the bold transformation of the Conservatory.

Concert Changes:

The Game On video game scoring conference has been rescheduled as a free event to be held Tuesday, November 25.


Quicklinks

Alumni Charm in Cenerentola on Two Continents

Efrain and KateRecent SFCM alumni singing in two different major productions of Rossini's La Cenerentola have won equally rave reviews. Opera Today called baritone Efraín Solís '13  "the biggest star of the evening" for his appearance as Dandini at San Francisco Opera while Kate Allen '12 was labelled "a diva in the making" for her portrayal in the title role at Wexford Festival Opera. Read more.

Critical Words from Top Music Journalists

In lectures and panel discussions held at the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, several of the nation's most prominent music critics reflected on the future of classical music and of music journalism. Read excerpts of comments made by Anne Midgette of the Washington Post, Tim Page of the University of Southern California, Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times and Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal.

Tim Day, flute faculty 

DayIn his studio lessons, Tim Day, principal flute of the San Francisco Symphony, imparts knowledge gleaned from years on the concert hall stage while applying the instincts of a performer and teacher. 

Guitar Department Celebrates a Milestone

Guitar DepartmentSFCM's guitar department celebrated its 50th anniversary in historic style, with a live-streamed concert featuring 43 guitarists, an expansive selection of repertoire and a pair of vintage instruments from the Harris Guitar Collection. Read the review from Classical Guitar.

SFCM's Focus on
Professional Development

Professional DevelopmentSFCM's Professional Development and Engagement Center helps 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 Wall Street Journal recently featured SFCM and cited MaryClare Brzytwa, associate dean of new media and music technology, in an article about arts school programs that are preparing students for careers in an evolving industry. Read the full article.

Leading Industry Artists Join New Program in Scoring for Film, Games and Media

Early action application deadline:
December 1. Learn more.

Major figures in the film and game music industry including Leslie Ann Jones, Austin Wintory, Jeff Beal and Laura Karpman will headline SFCM's new Technology and Applied Composition (TAC) program as visiting industry faculty and guest artists. Read more.

Expert Tips for a Successful School Audition

As school application season hits fever pitch, SFCM's Director of Admission Melissa Cocco-Mitten and President David H. Stull share some tips on the process in Playbill magazine.

A Younger Bach's 300th Anniversary

Harpsichordist Corey Jamason, director of SFCM's Historical Performance Program, is joined by guest artist and baroque cellist Jennifer Morsches for a concert celebrating the tricentennial of C.P.E. Bach. They perform his sonatas in C Major and D Major on Sunday, November 23 at 2 p.m. The concert is free but reservations are required by calling 415.503.6275.

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. Mark Grisez '15 was honored with the Presser Scholarship, an award for musical achievement and academic excellence. The collegiate senior recently won a one-year appointment as acting associate principal trumpet with the San Francisco Symphony. Read more.

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