San Francisco Conservatory of Music

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music offers a complete education in music that amounts to much more than a music degree.

In Fall 2020, SFCM will be opening the Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts. This residence hall and performing arts facility will dramatically expand the school’s campus in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center.

Individual training

With an enrollment of only 460, SFCM is a tight-knit community that celebrates creativity, collaboration, and the highest standards of artistry. You will study and perform side-by-side with nearly 30 musicians of the San Francisco Symphony, as well as members of the San Francisco Ballet, Opera, and SFJAZZ ensembles. As the only collegiate conservatory in the Bay Area, SFCM students work alongside internationally-known artists appearing on San Francisco’s major stages and have the opportunity to gig all around the city from Napa Valley to Silicon Valley.

Voice students receive comprehensive training in a rigorous opera program, which includes private lessons and weekly coachings. Students majoring in Technology and Applied Composition work closely with our acclaimed composition faculty and with award-winning recording industry artists as they gain real-world experience in scoring and sound design for film, games, and new media. SFCM also offers programs for chamber music, historical performance, jazz, and classical guitar of the highest caliber.

Professional skills

SFCM taps these resources and opens up a world of opportunities by offering internships, workshops, career development grants, and training in skills from web design to forming a non-profit organization. A wide range of required coursework, including Financial Literacy and Professional Fundamentals will set you up for success in any career.


SFCM alumni hold leading roles as performers, educators, founders of ensembles and festivals, and innovators in business. Recent graduates have won positions with acclaimed orchestras such as the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and in major sound recording organizations such as Sony PlayStation and sE Electronics.

Join us in weekly virtual information sessions on Thursdays at 11:00am PDT. Learn from the Office of Admission about the campus, location, student body, and programs.

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