1. Areas of Study
  2. Historical Performance

Getting to the root of it all.

SFCM offers a comprehensive track of study geared toward music of the past.

Historical Performance at SFCM traverses all eras of music history, allowing for an environment that enables the study of period performance practice and produces contemporary performances that are relevant, vibrant, and provocative. In this program, which offers a professional studies diploma in historical performance and bachelor's and master's music degrees in harpsichord and organ, you’ll develop and refine your skills in historical styles, whether on keyboards, baroque violin, viola, cello, or viola da gamba, and historical plucked strings. Historical Performance opportunities are open to all SFCM students, and our acclaimed Baroque Ensemble performs regularly throughout the year.

  • Q&A with Corey Jamason followed by attending Historical Performance class

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 10am PT

    Get to know our Historical Performance department by attending this Baroque Performance Practice class with Corey Jamason, Chair of Historical Performance. Before the class begins, Spring and Fall 2021 applicants will have the opportunity to ask Professor Jamason and an Office of Admission representative any questions about being a student at SFCM.

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VISITING THE CAMPUS

We’re waiting to show you around.

We look forward to your visit! Contact the Office of Admission to take a tour of our facilities. You can also contact the historical performance faculty directly to arrange a consultative lesson.

AUDIT A CLASS

Get a feel for the curriculum.

We've saved a seat for you. During your visit to SFCM, sit in on a class or two and see what it's like to be a student at the Conservatory.

CURRICULUM

Take the classes that quicken your heartbeat.

This diploma track offers the most direct route to a deep understanding of historical music. Make use of SFCM’s resources to learn how historical techniques can enrich everything you play.

ENSEMBLES

Get out and play.

Historical performance opportunities are always available to students. SFCM’s Baroque Ensemble and various chamber groups showcase our wealth of historical instrumentalists.