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 certificate 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.

Covid-19 By The Numbers*

2,636
Tests administered
to SFCM students, faculty, and staff
0.4%
Positive cases from tests administered
24,536
Daily Symptom Checks Reported

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* Data reported as of 4.7.21

SFCM and Opus 3 alliance
SFCM recently acquired Opus3 Artists, giving conservatory students a direct link to some of the most successful artists worldwide and inviting limitless opportunities for connection and collaboration.

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.