1. About Us


David H. Stull


David H. Stull became President of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on July 1, 2013, having served previously as Dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music since 2004.

At Oberlin, he helped secure support for numerous initiatives, including The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building, a project spearheaded to completion under his leadership. The Kohl Building is one of the most innovative teaching and performance facilities in the country and is the first dedicated music building to receive a Gold LEED rating. Under his leadership, the Oberlin Conservatory created an intensive entrepreneurship curriculum and numerous academic and experiential learning programs, and produced fully sponsored orchestral tours to Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Benaroya Hall, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China. He also launched a state-of-the-art recording studio and record label and initiated a series of world-class recording projects, including a Grammy-nominated album.

Recognizing the success of Oberlin's innovative academic programming and contributions to American education, President Barack Obama presented the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with the National Medal of Arts, which Dean Stull accepted on behalf of the institution in February 2010.

From 1993 to 2000, Stull held positions at Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, as a member of the brass faculty, director of conservatory admissions and assistant dean. Stull was also associate director of admissions for The Juilliard School from 1990-1993.

A professional tubist, Stull has performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, Oberlin Brass Quintet, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, and the Milwaukee Ballet, among others. He has toured the United States and Europe and has appeared on Live from Lincoln Center as well as at venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and Merkin Hall. He has also recorded for commercial radio and television. His former students hold major teaching positions and have appeared as guests with the Houston and Seattle Symphony orchestras.

Stull has been a guest speaker at institutions ranging from The Juilliard School to the Interlochen Arts Academy, most recently appearing at the Business Innovation Factory and the University of North Texas’s Leadership Conference. He has been heard on Public Radio International's From the Top, National Public Radio's Performance Today, and on WCLV/WVIZ radio in Ohio. 

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Stull earned degrees in tuba performance and English literature at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. He attended the Aspen Music Festival and pursued further study at The Juilliard School in the American Brass Quintet program before completing an M.M. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

He and his wife, Jessica Downs, live in San Francisco with their two daughters, Madeline and Emily.

Marina Kennedy
Executive Assistant to the President

Kate Sheeran

Provost and Dean

As Provost and Dean, Kate Sheeran oversees all aspects of the Conservatory’s academic program, leads and builds the faculty, implements changes to the curriculum, assesses student academic achievement, and ensures that SFCM continues to meet standards for accreditation. She also seeks to attract students of the highest caliber to the school.

Before moving to San Francisco in 2015, Sheeran was a member of the leadership team at the Mannes School of Music in New York City for eight years. There, she was an assistant dean and directed all preparatory and continuing education programs, overseeing more than 100 faculty and serving more than 700 students. She modernized curricula, introduced a robust series of visiting guest artists, and created innovative performing experiences for students of all ages. In addition, she spearheaded the launch of two new minors for degree students, Post-Genre Music and Composition.

As a horn player, Sheeran has performed with a wide range of musicians, including Ensemble Signal, The Wordless Music Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Red Light New Music, The Dirty Projectors, Tyondai Braxton, Jónsi, Trinity Wall Street’s NOVUS NY, and Ensemble LPR. She has recorded for the Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, Western Vinyl, New Amsterdam, XL, Tzadik, and Warp labels, and for commercial television and film.

Sheeran has been on the horn faculty at Dickinson College, Susquehanna University, Bucknell University, and Mannes Prep. A native of Vermont, she has served on the Board of Trustees of Kinhaven Music School, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Alarm Will Sound. Sheeran received her undergraduate degree, Certificate in Arts Leadership, and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and an MM from the Yale School of Music. She feels very lucky to have a life in music, and is especially inspired by helping young musicians to find their individual paths in today’s musical world.

Samuel Nedel
Executive Assistant to the Provost and Dean


  • Gloria S. Kim, Vice President, External Relations and Artistic Operations
  • Susan McConkey, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
    Kathleen Nicely, Vice President of Advancement
  • Kathryn Wittenmyer, Vice President, Finance
  • Board of Trustees

  • Timothy W. Foo, Chair
  • Deepa R. Pakianathan, Executive Vice-Chair
  • Michael R. V. Whitman, Vice-Chair
  • Matthew Raphaelson, Treasurer
  • Karen J. Kubin, Secretary
  • Louis de K. Belden, in memoriam
  • Eileen Blum-Bourgade
  • Didi Boring
  • William K. Bowes, Jr., in memoriam
  • Jan Buckley
  • Carol W. Casey
  • Rebecca-Sen Chan
  • Christiane P. de Bord
    Lisa Delan '89
  • Carol Pucci Doll
    James Freeman
    Gary Garabedian
  • Ann O. Girard
  • Lisa M. Grotts
  • John Leitner
  • Aditi H. Mandpe, M.D.
  • Susan Graf Marineau
  • Lorna F. Meyer
  • Payam Mirrashidi
  • Maura B. Morey
    Mary Poland
  • Joshua M. Rafner
    Barbara Ravizza
  • Stephen Rubin
  • Gary A. Rust, M.D. ’83
  • Maria Shim
  • Camilla Smith
  • David H. Stull
  • Maureen O’Brien Sullivan
  • Jane Chang Tom, Ph.D
  • Barbara Walkowski
  • Maurice Werdegar
    Diane Zack
  • Robert H. Zerbst
  • Siwei Zou
  • Advisory Board

  • Gordon P. Getty ’62
  • Thomas Hampson
  • Robert K. McFerrin, Jr.
  • Robin Sutherland ’75
  • Michael Tilson Thomas
  • Frederica von Stade
  • Trustees Emeriti

  • John M. Anderson
  • Ava Jean Brumbaum
  • Mrs. A. Barlow Ferguson
  • Mrs. Harold B. Getz, Jr.
  • Bruce W. Hart
  • Michael J. Savage
  • John B. Stuppin