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.

Pre-screening Submission

  • 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 discussing three areas: musical training and experience, interests and career goals, and your interest and/or experience with music outside of the classical tradition
  • Essay: Choose one topic
    • 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 your level of fluency with performance and musical notation. Pieces can vary in difficulty, but should give our faculty a baseline idea of your musical aptitudes and training. If you would like to prepare something more advanced, we encourage you to do so. If piano is not your primary instrument, we encourage you to contact the Office of Admission (apply@sfcm.edu) to make alternative arrangements.

Audition Dates at SFCM

  • February 11 & 23, 2018

2017-18 Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions

Interlochen January 13, 2018
Chicago January 15, 2018
New York February 22, 2018 - All, except for voice and piano
New York February 23, 2018 - Voice only
New York February 24, 2018 - Piano only

February 27, 2018

Asian Regional Auditions

Seoul October 8, 2017
Taipei October 11-12, 2017
Hong Kong October 13, 2017
Guangzhou October 16-18, 2017
Shanghai October 19-21, 2017
Beijing October 23-26, 2017

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

TAC Facilities