1. Admissions

Success Begins with Aspiration.

Become a part of one of the country’s most forward-thinking musical institutions.

Applying to colleges can be time consuming and confusing. That’s why our team at the Office of Admission is at your disposal. We can guide you through putting together your application, clarify audition requirements, and help you prepare for your visit to San Francisco.

SFCM is a place of adventure, excellence, and fun. In our collaborative atmosphere, you'll hone your talents, developing artistically, professionally, intellectually, and as an individual as you work towards your music degree. We look forward to making your path into the Conservatory as simple and enjoyable as possible.

A student and teacher in a lesson at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
A San Francisco Conservatory of Music student playing viola during a lesson

Degrees and Programs

How far do you want to go?

Your studies should never stop challenging and inspiring you. That’s why our undergraduate and graduate music degree programs are designed to grow and change alongside your skill, interests, and ambition.

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Recent Successes

Ani Bukujian '18
San Francisco Ballet Orchestra 2nd Violin Section, Principal
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Colin Grant '17
Sony Playstation Associate Dialogue Coordinator
Read about Colin ››
Amy Hillis '14
1st Prize Winner of 41st Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition
Read about Amy ››
Natalie Image '18
San Francisco Opera Center 2018 Adler Fellowship Recipient
Read about Natalie ››

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Meet Admissions

Get to know us! We’re here to help.
Meet our team 

  • Lisa Nickels

  • A photo of Admissions team member, Alyssa Saint

    Alyssa Saint

  • Jason Lawrence

A shot of the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music


Inspiring artists. Passionate teachers.

Sarah Cahill, Music History and Literature

Faculty Member Receives Honor

Faculty member Sarah Cahill is the recent recipient of the Champion of New Music Award from American Composers Forum.

A photo of faculty member Sarah Cahill
Collegiate Students
Countries Represented
Student-Teacher Ratio
58° F / 14° C
Average High in January :)
Three SFCM students out in San Francisco