A SFCM student clarinetist performing with an orchestra
  1. Areas of Study
  2. Woodwinds
  3. Clarinet

A great phrase is worth a lifetime of preparation.

Personalized instruction and abundant performance opportunities build better clarinetists.

Three forward-thinking teachers—including two members of the San Francisco Symphony—are ready to help you transform your playing. As one of fewer than 10 students, you’ll have a wealth of opportunities to collaborate and perform in a wide range of ensembles. Whether you have a penchant for bass or Eb, Classical or 21st-century repertoire, you'll find an expert here to bring you to the next level. You’ll also have the opportunity to enter the biennial Woodwind Concerto Competition.

Our alumni have gone on to successful careers as performers, educators, and entrepreneurs, and our faculty are committed to finding the career path that best suits your interests and abilities.

W.A. Mozart - KV 439b/V - Divertimento for 3 basset horns No. 5 in B flat major

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.
SFCM 50 Oak Building 5th floor student lounge


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 woodwind faculty directly to arrange a consultative lesson.

SFCM Woodwinds Ensemble students playing


Perform with your peers.

Performance opportunities abound at SFCM. Be sure to check out the diversity of ensembles waiting to play with you.

SFCM woodwinds student playing flute


Qualify yourself for the future.

Detailed curricula are available for all woodwind music degrees at SFCM.