Notes From the Past
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Hear piano faculty Mack McCray discuss early role models from church to Hollywood to Van Cliburn, his personal code of ethics and lessons learned from the late works of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.

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Podcast Highlights SFCM's New Focus on Game and Film Scoring

The public radio podcast Top Score features SFCM's new Technology and Applied Composition program, founded on the idea that the digital age holds enormous potential for musical creativity. Listen.

Conte CD Features SFCM Artists

A newly-released CD of chamber works by composition department chair David Conte showcases performances by Friction Quartet and Conservatory pianists Miles Graber and Keisuke Nakagoshi '06. Read more.

SFCM Welcomes Merola Program

The Conservatory welcomes the artists and teachers of the San Francisco Opera Center's Merola Opera Program for rehearsals and special events including the Schwabacher Summer Concert on July 9.

International Awards for Wuu

Pre-College pianist Elliot Wuu won Second Prize and the Schubert Prize at the International e-Piano Junior Competition in Minneapolis after performing part of Saint-Saëns second piano concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra. Read more.

SFCM Joins Conference on Historical Performance

An SFCM delegation recently attended a conference at the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society in Washington, D.C. The study of historically informed performance is flourishing at American colleges and conservatories, even as its focus extends beyond baroque music. Read more.

Riley Inspires Class of 2015 at Commencement

Terry Riley, the forefather of minimalism in music, offered the class of 2015 a command performance as well as words of inspiration at commencement ceremonies on May 22.

Kate Sheeran Appointed Provost and Dean

Kate Sheeran, Assistant Dean at the Mannes School of Music, will become SFCM's new Provost and Dean on July 1. Read more.

Cook and Del Carlo in SF Opera's Figaro

With more than 320 company appearances to her credit, voice department chair Catherine Cook is called the go-to mezzo at San Francisco Opera by the San Francisco Chronicle. Cook returns this month for The Marriage of Figaro, teaming up with alumnus John Del Carlo '73 to spoil the fun as the conniving couple Marcellina and Bartolo.

A Sneak Peak at the Panoramic

Preview apartments at The Panoramic, a state-of-the-art high-rise with five floors reserved exclusively for Conservatory students. Set to open this summer, The Panoramic is just three blocks from SFCM in San Francisco's dynamic mid-Market neighborhood. Read more and watch a video introduction. [Photo: Patricia Chang]