Performance Departments

Woodwind

The Conservatory's Woodwind Department features a world-class faculty, all 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.

  • Luis Baez is associate principal 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
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.
 
  • Two oboe faculty, both members of the San Francisco Symphony
  • 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
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.

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