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Graduate Assistantships

Combining learning and teaching has never been easier.

As a full-time student pursuing a Master of Music degree, you’re eligible to apply for graduate assistantships. Assistantships are awarded on the basis of musical proficiency and specific skills related to the position, and are paid hourly over the course of the academic year.

If you are interested in applying for any of the following assistantships, complete the attached application and return it to Connor Callaghan or Doris Howard in the Financial Aid Office.

Any graduate student interested in applying for a graduate assistant position for the upcoming academic year should complete the following by February 15:

  • The attached application
  • One copy of your resume
  • A different cover letter for each position you are applying to

Each cover letter should address why you are applying for the position and why you are a good candidate for that position. Please mail these letters to the Financial Aid Office.

Available Positions

Baroque Assistant
Assist the Director of the Baroque Program. Provide clerical assistance, communicate with students, and assist with preparation of scores. Approximately 3.5 hours per week.
Supervisor: Corey Jamason

Baroque Assistant
Harpsichord Tuner. Coordinate time with Seth Ducey, the Concert Office Manager, to tune the harpsichord weekly. Approximately 2.0 hours per week.
Supervisor: Corey Jamason

Brass Chamber Music Assistant
Help organize chamber groups, act as contact for everyone in the various groups. Photocopy music for chamber groups and trombone class. Keep filing cabinet in the brass room organized. Hours per week vary.
Supervisor: Paul Welcomer

Chamber Music Assistant
Organize chamber groups at beginning of the semester, act as liaison between groups and coaches, and organize concerts (7 per semester). Attend all chamber music classes and concerts. An average of 12 hours per week, with more hours required at the beginning of the semester and fewer hours toward the end. This position is shared by two students.
Supervisor: Jodi Levitz

Composition Assistant
Provide clerical assistance to the Composition Department as needed. Hours per week vary.
Supervisor: David Conte

General Education Assistant
The General Education Assistant position primarily helps with the Western Civilization classes, by tutoring students and assisting the professor in the correction of homework, quizzes, exams, and research papers. Occasionally the GE Assistant also fills in by teaching a literature or writing class, or by tutoring students who are having difficulty in any GE class. Requires excellent English skills. Approximately 6 to 10 hours per week.
Supervisor: Nikolaus Hohmann

Guitar Assistant
Assist with photocopying, phoning, scheduling, and securing rooms for rehearsals, programming of recitals and master classes, and serving as a liaison for the Department Chair when he is on tour. Approximately 5 hours per week.
Supervisor: David Tanenbaum

Music History Assistant
Coordinate printed and audio materials for Music History and Literature faculty. Help administer undergraduate and graduate music history placement examinations. Attend MHL 202, 203, and 204 sporadically and tutor students as necessary. Prepare and lead weekly review sessions for MHL 202 and 203. Approximately 15 hours per week.
Supervisor: Emily Laurance

Musical Theater Assistant
Assist the Director of the Musical Theater Workshop with organization of the musical theater workshop and scheduling. The assistant will have an opportunity to direct some of the repertoire scheduled for performance. Approximately 6 to 8 hours per week, including class time.
Supervisor: Michael Mohammed

Musicianship/Music Theory Assistant
Provide individual tutoring sessions to students having difficulty with Musicianship 200-204 MMT 102-105, Music Theory MMT 112-115, Counterpoint MMT 222-223, Musicianship Review MMT 602, and Music Theory Review MMT 604. Approximately 6 hours per week.
Supervisor: Scott Foglesong

Opera Theatre Technical Assistant
Assist Stage Director of the Conservatory Opera program with all technical aspects of the opera rehearsals as well as locating props, costumes, and furniture. Approximately 6 to 10 hours per week.
Supervisor: Curt Pajer

Opera Theatre Clerical Assistant
Assist Stage Director of the Conservatory Opera program with organization of the Conservatory Opera program as well as assisting with scheduling and photocopying. Approximately 6 to 10 hours per week.
Supervisor: Curt Pajer and Jose Maria Condemi

Orchestra Librarian
The assistant orchestra librarians help facilitate preparation and maintenance of sheet music for many large and small ensemble activities. Such duties may include helping to prepare parts and scores for use in large ensemble rehearsals, readings, and concerts (including marking bowings, rehearsal or measure numbers, and sometimes stylistic markings), distributing and collecting orchestra folders for each event, preparing practice materials for students, and handling excerpt requests from students. The assistant will also help with the inventory and maintenance of SFCM's instrument collection.  Approximately 10 to 15 hours per week.
Supervisor: Lukas Jenkins and Katherine Baltrush

Percussion Department Assistant
Assist Percussion Department in scheduling lesson times, organize Percussion Ensemble rehearsals, assist with assigning parts and distribution of music for percussionists in orchestra rehearsals and concerts. Be responsible for Conservatory owned percussion equipment including inventory, minor instrument repair, ordering as necessary, and approving borrowing of instruments. Serve as assistant teacher for the department. Approximately 10 hours per week.
Supervisor: Jack Van Geem

Piano Department Assistant
Assist with intradepartmental communication, maintaining departmental bulletin board, inventory, and organizing Piano Forum and concerto juries. Serve as student liaison to departmental faculty meetings. Hours per week vary.
Supervisor: Yoshikazu Nagai

String Department Assistant
Assist in organizing departmental recitals and master classes, and aid in the supervision of the SFCM string instrument collection. Send weekly emails about string event announcements to students and faculty. Other various departmental duties as determined by the string faculty chair.
Supervisor: Jodi Levitz

Vocal Department Assistant
Clerical duties to include photocopying of Voice Department handbook and other materials. Run semi-annual juries/evaluations and two voice department competitions per year. Take attendance at voice master classes and weekly Vocal Performance Lab. We will have 2 Voice Assistants. Approximately 6 hours per week.
Supervisor: César Ulloa

Woodwind Chamber Music Assistant
Assist the Chairman of the Woodwind Department in organizing woodwind chamber groups at the beginning of the semester, act as liaison between groups and coaches, and organize concerts. Attend all woodwind chamber music concerts. Approximately 5 hours per week, with more hours required at the beginning of the semester and fewer hours toward the end.
Supervisors: Jeffrey Anderle and Stephen Paulson

Writing Tutors
Writing Tutors are part of the Conservatory's Tutoring Center. They work with students on academic writing at any stage of the writing process, from helping a student outline an essay to proofreading a complete paper. Writing Tutors work with students on principles of writing, rather than just correcting errors, and must be interested in discussing and teaching the process of writing. Requires excellent English skills. Experience working with non-native English speakers is a plus. Approximately 5 to 10 hours of work per week.
Supervisor: Carolyn Bacon

Contact

Get in touch.

Doris Howard
Director of Financial Aid
dhoward@sfcm.edu
415-503-6214

 

Connor Callaghan
Financial Aid Associate
ccallaghan@sfcm.edu
415-503-6235