1. Faculty

Scott Foglesong

Chair, Music Theory and Musicianship; Technology and Applied Composition

"Foglesong’s advance preparation, humor, and ability to connect are a model that should properly be supported as a performing art…”
—San Francisco Classical Voice

COURSES TAUGHT

  • First Year Musicianship
  • Second Year Musicianship
  • First Year Music Theory
  • Second Year Music Theory
  • Advanced Musicianship
  • Score Reading at the Piano
  • Keyboard Harmony
  • Advanced Analysis
  • Topics in Musical Analysis

EDUCATION

  • MM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • BM, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

ENSEMBLES

  • Amor Musica Chamber Players
  • Chrysanthemum Ragtime Band

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • Sarlo Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 2008
  • Barbara K. Fromm Chair in Classical Music, University of San Francisco

What is your hometown?

Houston, TX

What is your favorite recording?

Far too many to identify an individual example.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

My home and its evolution.

Who were your major teachers?

Elizabeth Katzenellenbogen (Peabody Conservatory), Nathan Schwartz (San Francisco Conservatory), and Laurette Goldberg (San Francisco Conservatory).

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“It's all lines and spaces, just lines and spaces!”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“What are some of the most efficient ways to practice?”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

I have known that since I was four years old; there was no single defining moment.

What was a turning point in your career?

Coming to recognize myself as an effective and engaging speaker and writer on music, in addition to being a pianist and teacher.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Probably a career in the software industry.

What is your daily practice routine?

I study and write, plan lectures and presentations, rather than practice.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Haydn, Brahms, and Debussy.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

Vienna, 1770s through the 1790s.

What are your most important collaborations?

David Conte and the San Francisco Symphony Centennial.

Who are three students you have had the privilege of teaching?

Aaron Jay Kernis, Gyan Riley, and Teddy Abrams.

What recordings can we hear you on?

David Conte - Fantasy for Solo Piano, David Conte
Herbert Blomstedt: The San Francisco Years, Decca
Berlioz Nuits d'Ete, Philharmonia Baroque
Haydn Symphonies, Philharmonia Baroque
Keeping Score Companions, SFS Media