Faculty member Milissa Carey directs South Pacific at Foothill Music Theatre in a production featuring students and alumni including baritones Daniel Cameron, a graduate student of Daniel Mobbs, as Emile de Becque, and Sergey Khalikulov '14, a student of César Ulloa, as Lt. Joseph Cable. Performances run July 24 to August 10.


$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.


NPR's All Songs Considered calls the alumni-staffed orchestral rock band The Family Crest a favorite new band of 2014.


Double bass faculty Scott Pingel joins a lineup of artists exploring Dvořák at the Music@Menlo festival from July 19-22.


Dallas Opera appoints faculty member and New Music Ensemble Director Nicole Paiement as its first-ever principal guest conductor. Read more


San Francisco Symphony's new CD of West Side Story features performances by dozens of SFCM faculty, alumni and staff.


Alternative Energy by faculty member Mason Bates released by Chicago Symphony Orchestra under conductor Riccardo Muti. Read more


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Huang Wins Leipzig
Bach Competition

 Pre-College alumna Hilda Huang won First Prize in piano at this year's Leipzig International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, a major international competition for young musicians. She received 10,000 euros and appeared in a winners concert capping Leipzig's annual Bach Fest. Huang studied piano with John McCarthy and harpsichord with Corey Jamason.


Conservatory Celebrates the Class of 2014

 The Conservatory conferred degrees on 41 undergraduate and 127 graduate students at Commencement ceremonies on May 23. President David H. Stull awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music to composer, venture capitalist and philanthropist Gordon Getty, who delivered the Commencement address. The program also featured performances, academic awards and addresses by two student speakers who expressed optimistic determination to blaze new paths as professional musicians. Read more.
 

Young cellists featured on
From the Top

Pre-College cellist Jeremy Tai was one of eight semifinalists selected to compete in this year's Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Tai discusses his approach to practicing and competing in a recent interview with San Francisco Classical Voice. In April, National Public Radio's From the Top featured Tai performing an original arrangement with the Konpeito Cello Quartet including fellow Pre-College students Catherine Kim, Minku Lee and Irene Jeong. All study with Jonathan Koh.

 

SFCM Mourns
Kristin Pankonin

 The Conservatory mourns the loss of Kristin Pankonin '89, accomplished pianist, generous collaborator and a great friend to SFCM alumni, faculty, staff and students. Pankonin, a former staff pianist at SFCM, appeared in concert with artists including vocalists Frederica von Stade, Zheng Cao, Catherine Cook, Susanne Mentzer, Christine Abraham, Marnie Breckenridge '96 and Lisa Delan '89, cellist Matt Haimovitz and many others. She played regularly in concert series including Napa's Festival del Sole, Carmel Music Society, San Diego's Mainly Mozart Festival, the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy, the A. Jess Shenson Recital Series at Stanford, and in SFCM's Faculty Artist and Alumni Recital series. Pankonin continued to perform with characteristic vitality throughout four years living with cancer. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 31 at Danville Congregational Church at 11 a.m. with a reception following.


A Gathering of Sorts
for New Music

Is it a conference or is it a festival? Yes. Is it a trade show? Definitely not. Whatever it is, the New Music Gathering is coming to SFCM from January 15 through 17, 2015 for three days of performances, presentations and discussions that focus on "Artist-led Ensembles."
 Look for further details later this summer.


Telegraph Quartet Profile

 Just months after forming as an ensemble and with only a handful of private concerts under their belt, Telegraph Quartet stunned even themselves by winning the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in May. But a combination of training, individual experience and personal chemistry primed Telegraph for success…. in addition to a helping hand offered by their former teachers at SFCM. Read more.