We’re all ears. Before we became players, singers, conductors, and composers, listening was our first love. And it’s still the skill that underlies everything we do at SFCM. Hearing who you are and how far you’ve come is the first step toward a beautiful musical partnership. We can’t wait to hear you.

Acceptance into the Technology and Applied Composition program at SFCM requires pre-screening.

Live auditions at the Conservatory are required for applicants residing in California. Regional auditions are available for applicants residing outside of California.

Audition recordings are accepted from the following applicants:

  • Undergraduate applicants residing outside of California
  • Graduate applicants residing outside the United States
  • Composition applicants and Technology and Applied Composition applicants are strongly encouraged to audition live, either in San Francisco at a regional audition site. However, if unable to make a live audition, undergraduate and international applicants may submit a final piano recording to accompany their portfolio.
  • Final recordings must be submitted online through the formal Application, found here, no later than December 1.

Application Requirements

  • One musical score that demonstrates original musical thought and the fundamentals of compositional technique
  • A self-produced recording of an original work (can be made using any combination of acoustic and virtual instruments)
  • Personal statement describing your decision to apply to SFCM, as well as your musical training and experience, interests and career goals, and interest and/or experience with music outside of the classical tradition.
  • Essay: Choose one topic (300-500 words)
    • Describe your thoughts on the intersection of technology and music.
    • Describe your thoughts on the role of the composer in the 21st century.
  • Additional work samples: We want to get a sense of how you think and interact with various disciplines and technologies. Please include anything that might paint a bigger picture of your creativity or interests. Multimedia art, interactive digital art, literary interests, improvisation, and computer-generated compositions are encouraged.


  • Interview with faculty from the TAC program (based on the pre-screen portfolio) exploring creativity and artistic expression
  • Performance of a selection of music on the piano that demonstrates basic knowledge of music theory and hand coordination. Pieces can vary in difficulty. If you would like to prepare something more advanced, we encourage you to do so. Final audition recording applicants must upload the piano proficiency requirement into the application.
  • If piano is not your primary instrument, you may perform a short piece on your primary instrument during your audition. You will still be required to demonstrate your piano skills.

Audition Dates at SFCM

  • February 4, 2019
  • February 11, 2019
  • February 25, 2019

2018-19 Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions

Interlochen January 12, 2019
Chicago January 14, 2019
New York March 1, 2019 (voice only)
New York March 2, 2019 (piano only)
New York March 3, 2019

March 5, 2019

Asian Regional Auditions

Seoul October 6, 2018
Taipei October 8-9, 2018
Hong Kong October 11-12, 2018
Guangzhou October 15-16, 2018
Shanghai October 18-19, 2018
Beijing October 22-25, 2018

Mainland China auditions are in partnership with USA Schools of Music.

TAC Facilities