Mission & Vision
SFCM draws on the bold creativity of San Francisco to offer unparalleled training for the 21 st century musician. We support students in developing the skills and vision to chart successful careers and advance the human experience through music.
We believe a musical education must extend far beyond technical and performance skills. Our commitment to music of enduring quality and importance is the foundation of our innovative curriculum, cultivating critical thinking and business acumen alongside artistic practice, and creating a transformative environment of inquiry, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. Our DNA combines a global perspective with the unstoppable energy and imagination of San Francisco. Our pioneering programs and partnerships with leading institutions and businesses prepare students to seize opportunities in music and a wide array of the fastest developing sectors today. SFCM is a magnet for exceptional faculty whose ongoing professional experience benefits our students. As the only conservatory partnered with two leading artist management companies and an iconic record label, we are able to provide our students unique insight and access to the music industry.
SFCM’s Bowes Center dramatically amplifies the scale of opportunity we can provide students and transforms the way we engage with the public. A bespoke, signature building with state-of-the-art facilities in downtown San Francisco, the Center encourages our students to contribute more actively to the life of the city - living on-site, performing, recording, broadcasting, and engaging with our neighboring arts organizations and local communities. The expansion of our campus enhances the possibilities of our training, fuels the potential of our students, and nurtures the music of tomorrow.