Interview Date: August 6, 2015
Conservatory Affiliation: Former Pre-College and Adult Extension Director
Interviewer: Sam Smith

Joan Gordon is the former director of the Pre-College and Adult Extension Divisions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She previously served for nine years as vice president and dean of the Aspen Music Festival and School. A Bay Area native, Gordon also worked at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as admission officer in the Collegiate Division from 1994-2000. She has served as a consultant to several music schools and organizations during her administrative career. Before becoming involved with administration, she was a freelance cellist in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C, while holding down an interesting variety of day jobs.

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Transcript Topics

Studies with Bonnie Hampton
Impressions of the Conservatory as a student
Director of Admissions at the Conservatory
Director of Pre-College and Adult Extension
Friends and colleagues
Students
Pre-College programs
Summer Music West
Importance of music education

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Bonnie Hampton

Elliot Wuu

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