David H. Stull
David H Stull has served as President of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) since July 1, 2013. During his tenure, the Conservatory has launched a dynamic new curriculum that prepares artists to seize opportunities in the modern economy while equipping them for lifelong success in any endeavor. In addition to new programs in Film and Game Scoring, Technology, and Roots, Jazz and American Music, the school has forged educational alliances with the San Francisco Symphony and Opera, the SFJAZZ Center, Skywalker Studios, SONY, and numerous companies in Silicon Valley. The Conservatory has recently been featured on the Today Show, Vice News on HBO, and in the New York Times, which broke an exclusive story announcing a single gift of $46.4M to launch construction of the Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Performing Arts Center; the largest gift in history to a music school in support of a building project.
Before leading SFCM, Stull served for nine years as Dean and Professor of Brass Studies with continuous tenure at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. There he spearheaded the construction of The Kohl Building and implemented numerous academic programs, in addition to launching a record label. He also produced orchestral tours to Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the People’s Republic of China, as well as a Grammy-nominated album and a concert by Stevie Wonder celebrating the Kohl Building.
Recognizing the success of Oberlin's innovative work and contributions to American education, President Barack Obama presented the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with the National Medal of Arts, which Dean Stull accepted on behalf of the institution in February 2010.
Prior to Oberlin, Stull worked for the Aspen Music Festival, held dean and teaching positions at Lawrence University, and served as the Associate Director of Admissions for The Juilliard School. A professional tubist, Stull has performed with the Milwaukee Ballet, the Bravo Colorado Music Festival, the Oberlin Brass Quintet, the American Brass Quintet, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Live from Lincoln Center, toured the United States and Europe, and recorded for commercial radio and television. His former students have performed with the Houston and Seattle Symphonies and hold major teaching positions. Stull often serves as a keynote speaker and has been featured on From the Top and Performance Today, in addition to numerous media outlets across the Country.
A native of Cincinnati, Stull earned degrees in tuba performance and English literature at Oberlin College. He attended the Aspen Music Festival and pursued further study in the American Brass Quintet Seminar at the Juilliard School before completing an M.M. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In his spare time, he flies a 1965 Cessna 182 Super Eagle. An instrument-rated pilot, he has flown across the United States, the Bahamian Islands, and the Grand Canyon. David currently resides in Sausalito with his wife, Jessica Downs, and their daughters, Madeline and Emily.
Dean and Chief Academic Officer
Jonas Wright, Dean and Chief Academic Officer, is responsible for the academic program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition to leadership and cultivation of the faculty, he oversees and implements changes to the curriculum. He is guided by a commitment to the student population, who represent some of the finest musicians in the country, with a focus on academic achievement, student engagement, and efforts to attract new students of the highest caliber to SFCM. By ensuring that the Conservatory continues to meet the standards for accreditation, he is committed to the success of students, faculty, and administrative staff.
While serving as Registrar, Wright successfully led the initiative to move the Conservatory to online registration and grade reporting, creating a more user-friendly experience. He launched the Student Academic Enrichment Center (SAEC) in the fall of 2014, which centralized all tutoring services into one location, and expanded support services for the Conservatory’s diverse student population. He was promoted to Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in 2015.
Before joining SFCM, Wright served first as Operations Manager, then as Registrar, at the Presidio Graduate School, where he established the school’s first Registrar’s Office. He’s also held positions at the American Film Institute, supporting a student population consisting of the most driven, focused, and talented aspirants to film and television production.
Since September 2016, Wright has served as Board Chair for Little Opera, an after-school arts and music program. Additionally, he’s volunteered at College Track, advising, mentoring and inspiring at-risk San Francisco high school seniors as they apply for college.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Wright received his Bachelor of Arts in film studies from the University of Buffalo and now lives in San Francisco with his amazing wife. When not at 50 Oak, you have an equal chance of finding him at War Memorial Opera House, SFJAZZ, or the Great American Music Hall, inspired by all the great music the city has to offer.
Executive Assistant and Manager of Academic Operations
- Beth Giudicessi, Vice President of Admissions, Marketing and Public Relations
- Kathleen Nicely, Vice President of Advancement
- Kathryn Wittenmyer, Vice President of Finance