1. About Us

Rubin Institute for Music Criticism

The chance to flex your critical muscles

Situated within the artistic and intellectual vibrancy of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism brings together leading music journalists, renowned musicians, and aspiring young writers, combining the wisdom and insight of today's highly esteemed critics, the artistry and daring of acclaimed musicians, and the energy and promise of tomorrow's music journalists.

Founded in 2011 by Stephen Rubin, president and publisher of Henry Holt & Co., the biennial Rubin Institute features keynote addresses by the nation’s top critics (Writers Panel) and public concerts by acclaimed musicians from the solo, chamber, orchestral, and operatic stages. The performances are reviewed by a hand-selected group of student writers (Fellows) from renowned colleges and conservatories across the country, and the Writers Panel critiques their work in private workshops and public sessions. The Institute culminates with the awarding of the $10,000 Rubin Prize in Music Criticism to the Fellow who demonstrates exceptional promise in music criticism. Institute graduates have gone on to write for distinguished publications such as The New Yorker and The Boston Globe.

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2018 Fellows Selected

Fourth Biennial Institute Announced

The fourth biennial Rubin Institute for Music Criticism welcomes aspiring critics from around the world and adds jazz criticism to the program.

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Schedule and Tickets

A Week of Music and Criticism

Pre-concert talks, panel sessions, and multiple performances from world-renowned ensembles fill out a packed week.

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