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  • Ryan Brown

    Associate Dean for Professional Development

    Ryan Brown has a breadth of experience with many aspects of the music industry. In addition to his work as a composer and performer, he has worked professionally in symphonic concert production, marketing, development, and ecommerce. In 2006, he co-founded Switchboard Music, a 501(c)(3) music presenting organization based in San Francisco, which he currently serves as Executive Director. He recently received his Ph.D. in Composition from Princeton University and has taught composition, theory, and music history at Princeton University, Rutgers University, and Cal State Long Beach. In addition to Professional Development, he currently teaches in the music history department at SFCM, of which he is also an alumnus (MM, Composition '05). Visit him at

  • Rachael Smith

    Director of Community Engagement

    Rachael Smith is dedicated to increasing access to music and music education. In 2014 she founded Composed, a youth organization focused on fostering a personal connection to music through songwriting. She served as the head of the Vail Jazz Festival’s volunteer program, which helped bring over 200 performances to Vail, Colorado in Summer 2016. Smith has also taught youth literacy classes, collegiate-level Spanish, and music theory. A Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate, Smith earned a BA in Music Composition from Dickinson College. She currently manages the Community Engagement programs offered through PDEC.

  • Bryan Lin

    Coordinator, Community Service Program

    A native of New Jersey, Bryan Lin is a 2nd-year Master of Music candidate in Composition, studying in the studio of David Garner. In addition to his composition studies, Bryan wears a variety of hats as the Director of the Hot Air Music Festival, Graduate Assistant for SFCM's Composition Department, and intern in SFJAZZ’s Education Department. In the PDEC office, he is the Community Service Program Coordinator, organizing performances that bring the music of the Conservatory to seldom-reached audiences in schools, hospitals, retirement homes, and more. Visit for more info.

  • Jessie Barnett

    PDEC Peer Career Advisor

    Upcoming engagements for mezzo soprano Jessie Barnett include performing the role of the Sorceress in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Dido and Aeneas, and appearing in opera scenes put on by SFCM’s Graduate Opera Workshop. She has previously performed the roles of Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Meg Brockie (Brigadoon), and Zita (Gianni Schicchi). Barnett was a Semifinalist in the 2015 Classical Singer Competition and she has recently participated in summer programs such as OperaWorks and SongFest. She received her Bachelor’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2016 from Furman University (Greenville, SC), where she studied with Lisa Barksdale. Barnett is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance at SFCM under the tutelage of Catherine Cook.  She also enjoys working as a student assistant in both SFCM’s PDEC and Box Office. You can learn more about Jessie at her website:

  • Bryana Marrero

    PDEC Peer Career Advisor

    Bryana Marrero is a soprano and Master's in Vocal Performance candidate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studies under the tutelage of Catherine Cook. She most recently performed Seguidillas ​by Fernando Sor in the SFCM Voice & Guitar Recital and is thrilled to be singing in the opera scenes program in March of 2017. Outside of her work as a performer, Bryana is a passionate advocate for the arts who has worked to make music more accessible to young people and people of color.  As Program Manager at The Hispanic Alliance in Austin, TX, she worked to provide free music education for low-income schools throughout Central Texas. To show that opera can be light-hearted and fun, Bryana also co-founded the blog #whatshouldwecallopera, which provides a tongue-in-cheek take on famous opera moments. Prior to joining the Conservatory, Bryana received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Music from Tufts University where she sang the roles of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Sadie in Slow Dusk and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Visit her at