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Meet Admissions

We’ve been in your shoes.

We have all been through the college application process and are here to help you! We dedicate our days to helping musicians join an educational community that enables them to grow as artists beyond their expectations.

Contact Admissions

Call us at 415-503-6271 or send an email to 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 Admissions

    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 Admissions 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
    Schedule a Call with Dayne

    I began working in SFCM's Office of Admissions 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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    Abby Bush

    Admissions Counselor
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    Originally from Los Angeles, I came to San Francisco to pursue a master's degree in vocal performance at SFCM. After finishing my degree (MM '22), I was lucky enough to join the incredible admissions team. I now enjoy supporting and encouraging applicants as they consider becoming members of our amazing and passionate community. I look forward to helping out incoming students as they make their way to the beautiful city of San Francisco.

Student Assistants

  • Carlos
    PSC Double Bass
  • Ella
    BM Violin
  • Hannah
    BM Viola
  • Henry
    MM Horn
  • Juri
    PSC Classical Guitar
  • Nadjalie
    MM Voice
  • Sarah
    MM Viola
  • Tszyan
    BM Piano (Mandarin speaker)
  • Yige
    BM Piano (Mandarin speaker)

Mailing Address

Office of Admissions
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, please contact the Office of Admissions: | 415-503-6271 | Visit Us | Facilities

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