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Meet Admissions

We’ve been in your shoes.

Most of us attended music school—and loved it so much that we haven't left. We dedicate our days to helping musicians join an educational community that enables them to grow as artists beyond their expectations. At night, we still take an occasional music gig.

Contact Admissions

Call us at 415-503-6271 or send an email to apply@sfcm.edu to get in contact with our office. For general information about your program of interest, please complete the Request for Information Form.

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    Lisa Nickels

    Director of Admission
    lnickels@sfcm.edu

    After living and studying in multiple cities in the United States, I moved to San Francisco to work at SFCM in the Office of the Provost & Dean, then transitioned to the Office of Admission in 2017. As an oboist (BM, Eastman School of Music) with many interests, I enjoy seeing how SFCM faculty and life in the Bay Area enable our students to explore the different opportunities for careers in music. I look forward to getting to know our new students who will shape and expand music around the world.

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    Dayne Wahl

    Assistant Director of Admissions and Events
    dwahl@sfcm.edu

    I began working in SFCM's Office of Admission in summer 2021. Previously, I taught English at Hebei University in China and worked in college admissions at my alma mater in western Massachusetts. Although I do not have a background in music, I was drawn to SFCM due to the dedication, teamwork, and passion of the community. Plus this is the greatest city for music, nature, and food! I look forward to assisting future students find their new home here in SF and at the Conservatory.

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    Sam Hernandez

    Admissions Counselor
    sjhernandez@sfcm.edu

    Originally from Northeast Los Angeles, I moved up to San Francisco to study here at SFCM. After receiving a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance (BM ‘21), I joined the admissions team due to the amazing and passionate environment SFCM has cultivated. I see this exciting opportunity as a stepping stone in my music career! I look forward to helping out incoming students as they make their way to the beautiful city of San Francisco.

Student Assistants

  • Alyssa
    MM Violin
  • Julie
    PSC Percussion (Korean speaker)
  • Declan
    MM TAC
  • Sarah
    MM Viola
  • Em
    MM Voice
  • Tsz Yan
    BM Piano (Mandarin speaker)
  • Hannah
    BM Viola
  • Yige
    BM Piano (Mandarin speaker)
  • Jordan
    MM Voice

Mailing Address

Office of Admission
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

We are here to help, so please let us know if you have any questions about SFCM.

For general questions or to schedule a tour, please contact the Office of Admission:
apply@sfcm.edu | 415-503-6271 | Visit Us | Facilities

SFCM student playing in practice room