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Aspire for beauty. Own the moment.

Experience. Perform. Achieve.

Made up of principal brass chairs of the San Francisco Symphony, as well as principal players of the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras and a close-knit student body, SFCM’s Brass Department challenges and inspires the next generation of great players.

Small studios with all-star faculty guarantee individualized instruction. Hone your craft with unparalleled mentorship and prepare for a rewarding career.

Numerous performance opportunities within the Conservatory and around the Bay Area will transform you from student to professional. Experience the action up close with SFCM’s many connections to the San Francisco Symphony, including free tickets, dress rehearsal and backstage access, and the unique ability to play side-by-side with the industry’s leading musicians.

Direct links to the Ballet, Opera, and Symphony Orchestras, several connections to Civic Center Arts and Silicon Valley, professional development requirements, student-led projects, one-on-one mentorships give SFCM students the confidence to open many professional doors. Many alumni have blossomed to worldwide performance careers, while others have parlayed their foundational education in music into careers in law, medicine, non-profit work, education, technology, and arts administration.

Brass - Hero


Collaborate with other brass musicians.

SFCM and Opus 3 alliance
SFCM changed global music education in 2020 by acquiring management company Opus3 Artists, home to over 250 top musicians. Masterclasses, recording sessions, and side-by-sides with members of the Opus 3 roster are only the beginning of our work together to invent the future of performances.
6th floor outside patio of SFCM 50 Oak building


We’re waiting to show you around.

We look forward to your visit! Contact the Office of Admissions to take a tour of our facilities. You can also contact the brass faculty directly to arrange a consultative lesson.

Students in classroom


Get a feel for the curriculum.

We've saved a seat for you. During your visit to SFCM, sit in on a class or two and see what it's like to be a student at the Conservatory.

SFCM Brass students playing Trombone


Qualify yourself for the future.

Detailed curricula are available for all brass programs at SFCM.

SFCM Brass students playing in ensemble together


Play well with others.

Performance opportunities abound at SFCM. Ensembles featuring brass range from dedicated instrumental choirs to the Conservatory Orchestra. Whether your interest lies in symphonic repertoire or chamber music, there's a place for your unique voice.