1. Areas of Study
  2. Piano / Keyboards
  3. Harpsichord

Study harpsichord in San Francisco.

Study harpsichord in a setting dedicated to its flourishing.

Historical performance is a hallmark of SFCM, and the harpsichord department plays a key role. As a harpsichord student at SFCM, you’ll have extensive performing opportunities in both large and small ensembles, taking advantage of a small studio size. Our period instrument collection includes six fine harpsichords including instruments built by Bay Area master builders John Phillips and Kevin Fryer, a Walter copy fortepiano, a large clavichord, and practice pedal organ.

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 student studying in library in 50 Oak building


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 and audit a class. You can also contact the keyboard faculty directly to arrange a consultative lesson.



Qualify yourself for the future.

Detailed curricula are available for all harpsichord music degrees at SFCM.

String ensemble


Play well with others.

Performance opportunities abound at SFCM, where many departments make use of the harpsichord. Ensembles featuring harpsichord range from small chamber groups to the Conservatory’s Baroque Ensemble.