Performance Departments

Woodwind

The Conservatory's Woodwind Department features a world-class faculty, most of whom are current members of the San Francisco Symphony. Small studio sizes and a close-knit faculty allow students to work closely not only with their studio teacher, but with other members of the woodwind faculty as well.




BASSOON DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE

Bassoon audition requirements can be found here.

  • Two bassoon faculty, both members of the San Francisco Symphony
  • Small department of six to eight students
  • Faculty play with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras
  • Two or more woodwind and brass chamber concerts
  • Annual Brass and Woodwind Concerto Competition - winner performs with Conservatory Orchestra
  • Use of double reed reed-making room

FACULTY

Stephen Paulson
Steven Braunstein, contrabassoon

We encourage prospective students to contact the bassoon faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The bassoon faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

CLARINET DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE
Clarinet audition repertoire can be found here.

  • Carey Bell is principal clarinet, Luis Baez is associate principal clarinet, and Jerome Simas is the bass/utility clarinet with the San Francisco Symphony
  • Small department of six to nine students
  • Two or more woodwind and brass chamber concerts per year
  • Annual Brass and Woodwind Concerto Competition - winner performs with Conservatory Orchestra


FACULTY
Jeff Anderle clarinet class, bass clarinet
Luis Baez
Carey Bell
Jerome Simas, bass clarinet

We encourage prospective students to contact the clarinet faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The clarinet faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

FLUTE DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE

Flute audition repertoire can be found here.

  • Flute professor is Timothy Day
  • Small studio of 10-12 students
  • Timothy Day is principal flute with the San Francisco Symphony
  • Two or more woodwind and brass chamber concerts per year
  • Annual Brass and Woodwind Concerto Competition - winner performs with Conservatory Orchestra

FACULTY

Timothy Day

We encourage prospective students to contact the flute faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The flute faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.


OBOE DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE

Oboe audition repertoire can be found here.

  • Russ deLuna plays English Horn with the San Francisco Symphony
  • Mingjia Liu is principal oboe of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra
  • Small department of six to nine students
  • Faculty also play with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras
  • Two or more woodwind and brass chamber concerts per year
  • Annual Brass and Woodwind Concerto Competition - winner performs with Conservatory Orchestra
  • Use of double reed reed-making room

FACULTY

Russ deLuna
Mingjia Liu
James Moore chair, woodwind department

We encourage prospective students to contact the oboe faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The oboe faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

Conservatory Orchestra highlights:



2015-2016 Orchestra Highlights

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Sep 12, 8 pm
Eric Tran '14 piano
Myslivecek ˇ Octet for Winds No. 2 in E-flat Major
Kraus Symphony in C Major, VB 139
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Sep 13, 2 pm
Jodi Levitz viola
Thalea String Quartet
Mozart Viola Quintet in G Minor, K. 516
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Oct 18, 2 pm
Open Rehearsal
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Nov 7, 8 pm & Nov 8, 2 pm
High Spirits
(world premiere, Highsmith Award winner)
Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet
Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Dec 12, 8 pm
Joshua Peters '14 violin
Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

Scott Sandmeier conductor | Feb 20, 8 pm & Feb 21, 2 pm
Strauss Death and Transfiguration
Schubert/Berio Rendering

Scott Sandmeier conductor | May 7, 8 pm & May 8, 2 pm
Molly Hill '15 mezzo-soprano
J. Strauss Overture to Der Zigeunerbaron
Wagner Wesendonck Lieder
Revueltas Sensemaya
Ravel Daphnis and Chloë Suite No. 2

Department Recitals

Oct 14, 27; Nov 18; Dec 1; Feb 2, 25; Mar 9; Apr 15, 19

CLASSES TO VISIT

Orchestra
Orchestra: Woodwind and Horn Sectional
New Music Ensemble
Baroque Ensemble
Chamber Music
Bassoon
Clarinet Class
Flute Class
Oboe Class