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Private Instruction

Private instruction is available on all orchestral instruments, as well as voice. Lessons are arranged with a teacher after submitting online application and completion of trial lesson. Submit application via our registration site by enrolling in our audition course. After creating an account, simply search for “audition” in the search field, add course to cart, and check out. The office will then contact you to help facilitate setting up the trial lesson.

Group Classes

Cello Ensemble

AE Intermediate Cello Ensemble Saturday - 2064
Instructor: Barbara Wirth
Dates: Saturdays, every other week, beginning January 14
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 323
Cost: $300

Student ensembles will perform works recorded by notable groups including the Berlin Philharmonic Cellos, the Yale Cellos and the London Cello Sound. Students should have good intonation and rhythm and be comfortable with thumb position as well as bass, tenor and treble clefs. Class meets every OTHER Saturday.

AE Advanced Cello Ensemble Saturday - 2064
Instructor: Barbara Wirth
Dates: Tuesdays, every other week, beginning January 28
(Except Sep 13, 27, Oct 11, 25, Nov 8, 22, Dec 6)
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 104
Cost: $300

Student ensembles will perform works recorded by notable groups including the Berlin Philharmonic Cellos, the Yale Cellos and the London Cello Sound. Students should have good intonation and rhythm and be comfortable with thumb position as well as bass, tenor and treble clefs. Class meets every other Tuesday.

Vocal Performance Class

AE Vocal Performance - 2264
Instructor: Heidi Moss Erickson
Dates: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm, February 1 to April 12, 2017
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 207
Cost: $550

This class explores the many performance aspects of vocal music in a supportive master class setting. The primary focus is classical: from art song to opera, but other genres are welcome. We work on interpretation, language, technique, voice science, drama, text, and many other aspects of this incredible art form accompanied by a SFCM collaborative pianist. Students should be prepared to bring pieces to perform each class (memorized preferred) and can choose to work on one or more throughout the entire session. The series culminates in a performance in the lovely SFCM recital hall on December 10. Singers from experienced beginners/novice to advanced/professional are welcome. Enrollment limited to 7 students.

AE Vocal Performance: Advanced - 2266
Instructor: Heidi Moss Erickson
Dates: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm, February 1 to April 12, 2017
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 207
Cost: $550

This class is for advanced singers only. A minimum of 3 years of private voice lessons and some stage performance experience required. This class explores the many performance aspects of vocal music in a supportive master class setting. The primary focus is classical: from art song to opera, but other genres are welcome. We work on interpretation, language, technique, voice science, drama, text, and many other aspects of this incredible art form accompanied by a SFCM collaborative pianist. Students should be prepared to bring pieces to perform each class (memorized required) and can choose to work on one or more throughout the entire session. We may also create ensembles or scenes with 2 or more singers from opera, oratorio, or art song. The series culminates in a performance in the SFCM recital hall on December 10. Enrollment limited to 7 students.

Students must pass a preliminary audition in order to register for this class. If you cannot pass that audition, you are not guaranteed a spot. Please contact Heidi Moss at hmoss@sfcm.edu to arrange the audition.

Mozart and His Women: The Magic of Mozart's Operas Through the Eyes of His Fascinating Females - 2407
Instructor: Kip Cranna
Dates: Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 7:00-8:30 PM
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 201
Cost: $250

If Mozart was possible, then the word 'impossible' should be eliminated from our vocabulary." So said the 20th-century Austrian composer Ernst Toch. And he was right! San Francisco Opera's Dramaturg Kip Cranna takes you on a musical tour of Mozart's operatic genius with a focus on the vivid female characters who represent the heart and soul of his art. In exploring the historical and literary contexts of the operas, video and audio examples will help you more deeply appreciate Mozart's gift for capturing the full spectrum of human nature in his music, his skill at musical characterizations, and his matchless talent for drama.

Class I: Mozart and His Time: We'll learn about the composers and styles that influenced the young prodigy, and explore his serious opera Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus).
Class II: An exploration of his German-language comic gem The Abductions from the Seraglio, which the Austrian Emperor supposedly thought had "too many notes," and his crowning glory The Marriage of Figaro.
Class III: The delightful Italian comedy Così fan tutte (All Women Are Like That), subtitled "The School for Lovers," and the famous "dramma giocoso" (jocular drama) Don Giovanni, to be performed at San Francisco Opera in June.
Class IV: The final masterpiece: The Magic Flute

Class Piano I and II

AE Class Piano I - 2060
Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm, January 25 to April 26, 2017
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room C01
Cost: $500

These classes approach playing the piano through an understanding of music theory, with emphasis on sight-reading, transposition and rhythm. Piano I begins with music notation (rhythm and intervals). In conjunction with playing simple classical pieces, students learn major scales, relative and parallel minor scales and chords (tonic, dominant and subdominant). Piano II explores these same subjects in greater depth while adding seventh chords, practice techniques, ensemble and analysis of student’s repertoire.

AE Class Piano II - 2062
Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm, January 25 to April 26, 2017
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room C01
Cost: $500

These classes approach playing the piano through an understanding of music theory, with emphasis on sight-reading, transposition and rhythm. Piano I begins with music notation (rhythm and intervals). In conjunction with playing simple classical pieces, students learn major scales, relative and parallel minor scales and chords (tonic, dominant and subdominant). Piano II explores these same subjects in greater depth while adding seventh chords, practice techniques, ensemble and analysis of student’s repertoire.

Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class

AE Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class - 2066
Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: Mondays, 8:00-9:30pm, January 23 to March 13, 2017
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 507
Cost: $270

Pianists will work weekly on solo repertoire and ensemble pieces (4-hands or two-piano). Study may also include "practice techniques", sight-reading, piano technique etc, as needed.

Prerequisite: Piano II or instructor approval

If you have not previously taken AE Class Piano II and wish to enroll in this class, please contact the instructor, Jacqueline Chew at jchew@sfcm.edu to ask about an evaluation.

AE Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class Session II - 2067

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: Mondays, 7:30-9:00pm, November 21 to December 19, 2016
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 323
Cost: $270
Pianists will work weekly on solo repertoire and ensemble pieces (4-hands or two-piano). Study may also include "practice techniques", sight-reading, piano technique etc, as needed.

Prerequisite: Piano II or instructor approval

AE Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class Session I and AE Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class Session II can be taken as one contiguous course. Session II is a continuation of Session I, though students may sign up for one or the other depending on his or her personal schedule.

If you have not previously taken AE Class Piano II and wish to enroll in this class, please contact the instructor, Jacqueline Chew at jchew@sfcm.edu to ask about evaluation.