SFCM to Offer New Housing in Fall 2015

The Conservatory is offering a new housing opportunity for students returning and enrolling next fall: state-of-the-art apartments in a new high-rise residence called The Panoramic. Located in San Francisco's dynamic Mid-Market neighborhood, just three blocks from campus, The Panoramic provides rooms with full kitchens and expansive views as well as spaces for study, socializing and practice. Read more.

New Opera Director Appointed

Jose Maria Condemi will become SFCM's new Director of Opera beginning in July. Known for his work as a stage director at major companies including San Francisco Opera, Condemi makes his Conservatory debut this season, directing performances of L'elisir d'amore on April 2 and 4.SFCM also announced faculty member Curt Pajer will become Musical and Managing Director of Opera. Read more.

Siegel's Page Debut

Blood Work, a prize-winning collection of poems by literature and creative writing faculty member Matthew Siegel, will be published next month. As the San Francisco Chronicle
reports, Siegel's debut volume is the fruit of long and thoughtful effort. Read more.

Kennedy Center Appoints Bates

SFCM's new composition faculty member Mason Bates takes up another new post next season as the Kennedy Center's first-ever composer-in-residence. Read more.

Game Scoring at SFCM Takes Flight

Students and faculty test drive SFCM's state-of-the-art recording studios and chart the course for SFCM's program in Technology and Applied Composition with the hypnotic soundtrack to the video game Gathering Sky.

Reed Players Double Down at Center for New Music

This Thursday, San Francisco's Center for New Music presents Double or Nothing, a bonanza of new music for double reeds, featuring several SFCM performers and composers including grad student Marko Bajzer. Bajzer, a bassoonist and composition student of Mason Bates, is producing the concert with the support of SFCM's professional development office which awards student memberships to the Center. 

Edris Joins Merola Program

Postgraduate student Amina Edris was chosen to participate in next summer's
Merola Opera Program. The New Zealand soprano will train with opera luminaries and experts at the San Francisco Opera Center, including César Ulloa, her studio teacher at SFCM. SFCM hosts Merola's Schwabacher Summer Concert on July 9.

Violists Appointed

Kudos to two alumni violists scaling heights in the western U.S. Margaret Dyer '05 has been named assistant principal viola for The Santa Fe Opera and Tiantian Lan '09 won the associate principal position at the Reno Philharmonic.