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  1. The Bowes Center

A New Home For Music

Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts

SFCM Expands into the SF Performing Arts District

The Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts, located at 200 Van Ness Ave, dramatically amplifies the scale of opportunity SFCM provides for students and deepens our engagement with the community of San Francisco’s Civic Center. A “vertical campus” designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates, The $200 million, 170,000 square-foot Bowes Center incorporates affordable student housing, dining, classrooms, rehearsal rooms, performances spaces, faculty and partner offices, and a radio station all under one roof. The building enables students to create, learn, and share music in an integrated, collaborative environment, located within walking distance from SFCM’s main 50 Oak Street location.

 

LEARN ABOUT BOWES

 

 

BUILDING FEATURES

  • Cafeteria

    Live Comfortably

    Apartments for over 400 student-musicians, learn about living on campus. As well as housing for students at the San Francisco Ballet School, short term housing for visiting faculty and guest performers, and apartments for tenants of the building previously on the site of the Bowes Center. Residential amenities for students include a student center with social and study spaces, dining from Chef Loretta Keller, known for her work at San Francisco’s Coco500, and acoustically isolated apartments that allow for practicing.

  • Bowes Lounge and Conference Hall

    Practice Productively

    State-of-the-art music education facilities, including acoustically controlled classrooms and practice rooms, a keyboard lab, recording studio, and the Center for New Media featuring critical listening rooms for Technology and Applied Composition and Roots, Jazz, and American Music students.

  • Bowes Terrace

    Build Community

    Additional building highlights include a flexible event space and terrace on the top two floors of the building and offices for faculty, staff of Opus 3 Artists, and broadcasting facilities for KDFC Classical Radio. The Bowes Center was developed with the environment in mind, and anticipates the new building will reduce annual energy costs by 16.9%. Learn more about the Bowes Center green initiatives.



San Francisco Performing Arts District

 

THREE DISTINCT PERFORMANCE HALLS

  • Cha Chi Ming Recital Hall

    Cha Chi Ming Recital Hall

    The jewel-box Cha Chi Ming Recital Hall on the ground floor has seating for over 100 audience members, featuring sprung floors to meet the needs of dancers and performances that require high elasticity on the stage. Visible to all passers-by through floor to ceiling windows that extend to the second floor with views of Van Ness Avenue and Hayes Street.

  • Bowes dorm room

    Barbro Osher Recital Hall

    The 200-seat Barbro Osher Recital Hall on the 11th floor features floor-to-ceiling glass walls offering views overlooking a spectacular vista of City Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, the War Memorial Opera House, and other Civic Center landmarks.

  • Technology Hall

    Technology Hall

    The black box Technology Hall is a multipurpose performance and workshop space for multimedia projects and productions developed primarily by the Technology and Applied Composition department. The adjacent recording room includes state-of-the-art recording equipment that directly interfaces with all of the Bowes Center’s performance spaces.

Bowes cafe inside

SEE IT FOR YOURSELF

Tour Opportunities

As we near the grand opening of the Bowes Center, we will periodically be offering opportunities to see the building virtually and in person. Should you be interested in these opportunities, please reach out to bowes@sfcm.edu, and we will contact you. We look forward to sharing our new home for music with you!

Students, prospective students and their parents: to learn more about how the Bowes Center will transform the student experience at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, please email Admissions at apply@sfcm.edu.

ABOUT BILL & UTE BOWES

  • Bill and Ute Bowes

    Philanthropist

    Bill and Ute Bowes have been longtime supporters of SFCM and dedicated trustees for many decades. Bill Bowes first made a name for himself as a pioneer in venture capitalism and was a long-time philanthropist to the arts. His inspiring leadership and generous financial contributions to SFCM have helped the school to become a beacon of conservatory education. In his own words he shared this simple fact, “Music makes me happy!” Sadly, he passed away in late 2016.

    Donation

    In 2018, The William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation donated $46.4 million to the Conservatory, the largest single gift ever made to a conservatory. The name of the building is in honor and recognition of this gift, $130 million was raised by SFCM to fund the project.

Bowes Student Center drawing. outside shot of students at building

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If you have any questions please contact us at bowes@sfcm.edu or 415-503-6282.

ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN, AND CONSTRUCTION

  • Stunning Design

    The Bowes Center was designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates (MCA), a socially- and environmentally- conscious architecture firm known for civic and institutional projects in San Francisco. The white and transparent glass design welcomes the city in to witness and participate in the craft of music, and the building’s 170,000 square feet effectively doubles the size of SFCM’s campus.

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Who Supports Us

Corporate Partners for the Bowes Center

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