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Redefining the nature of music and education

a vocalist sings during an opera performance

students play side by side with the academy orchestra at st martin in the fields, during sunset on the 11th floor recital hall of Bowes

Reimagining the Conservatory Model

SFCM is the only music school that leads an alliance combining world-class education with a legendary label, two prominent artist management companies, and their premier clients.

a night shot of city hall and Herbst theater from the Bowes building

Creativity is in our DNA

Our neighborhood is in the heart of arts and culture in San Francisco, steps away from the SF Symphony, SF Ballet, SF Opera, and SFJazz.

Student Success

a piano on stage in the osher recital hall. there are lots of windows and city hall is in the background

Facilities praised by artists and architects

Cutting-edge acoustics, breathtaking performance halls, and state-of-the art technology help our students create the future of music.

Cha Recital hall with a piano set up on stage

The Bowes Center

In the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center, the 12-story, $200 million Bowes Center transforms the city’s cultural landscape. Transparent street-level and rooftop performance spaces, an exacting recording studio, and state-of-the-art  equipment is available within steps of living and dining spaces. 90% of concerts here are free and open to the public.

SFCM and its Surroundings

Strings Orchestra performance


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