Edwin Outwater conducting SFCM's Orchestra
  1. Areas of Study
  2. Conducting

Unlimited possibility at the tip of your baton.

Small department. Big opportunities.

The exclusive nature of SFCM’s conducting program guarantees students the guidance and opportunities required to become a successful and well-rounded conductor. Private instruction, rehearsals, and performance, in conjunction with the Conservatory Orchestra and other Conservatory ensembles, constitute the core of the program. SFCM conducting students also have access to plentiful work experience opportunities around the Bay Area creating a holistic and unique educational experience for aspiring conductors.


Exclusive instruction.

SFCM student in staircase


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 conducting faculty directly to arrange a consultative lesson.

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 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 student conducting


Qualify yourself for the future.

See what’s in store for you as a Master of Music candidate in SFCM’s conducting department.

SFCM large ensemble


Perform with your peers.

Performance opportunities abound at SFCM. Ensembles range from small, dedicated instrumental choirs to the Conservatory Orchestra. As a conductor, you’ll collaborate with many different musical groups.