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Guitar Auditions

You’ll be great. Trust us.

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.

Live auditions at the Conservatory are required of the following guitar applicants:

  • Applicants residing in California

Regional and Final Recording auditions are available for the following guitar applicants:

  • Applicants residing outside of California

Final recordings must be submitted online through the formal Application, found here, no later than December 1. All applicants auditioning through USA Schools of Music will have their audition recording uploaded automatically by SFCM.

Final Audition Requirements

  • A transcription of a work written before 1750
  • A classical or romantic work (including the Segovia repertoire) written for guitar
  • A 20th-century work written for guitar

Audition Dates at SFCM

January 26
February 2

2019-20 Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions - In Spring 2020


Location Date Master Class Instrument
Interlochen January 18
Chicago January 20 Cathy Payne* Piccolo
New York February 28 Sharon Mann Piano
New York (piano only) February 29
New York March 2

*Cathy Payne's Master Class will be on January 19



Asian Regional Auditions - in Fall 2019


*Seoul October 27
*Taipei October 29-30
Shenzhen October 31
*Hong Kong November 1
Singapore November 3
*Guangzhou November 4-5
*Shanghai November 7-9
*Beijing November 11-14

*These auditions are in partnership with USA Schools of Music.

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