1. Giving

Meet Advancement

Welcome to the family.

Our advancement team includes trained musicians and professionals who understand what SFCM needs to thrive. We’re committed to connecting SFCM supporters with students and faculty in significant, enduring ways. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about supporting SFCM with a gift that is meaningful to you.

Contact Advancement

  • Kathleen Nicely

    Vice President of Advancement

    I lead all advancement efforts, including the capital campaign for the new residence hall. To play a part in improving our students' experience is close to my heart, having worked on other capital projects in the arts and having studied and majored in music myself. If you have questions about the campaign or partnering with SFCM, please feel free to contact me.

  • Rhiannon Lewis

    Institutional Gifts Manager

    I serve as the link between SFCM and foundations that share our values and our commitment to advancing performing arts education and community programming. If you represent a foundation and are interested in learning more about SFCM or partnering with us, please feel free to contact me

  • Randi Paul

    Associate Director of Individual Giving

    I manage the individual giving program at SFCM. Feel free to contact me with questions about your giving, how to make your gift, or how you can see the impact of your generosity firsthand through special events and experiences specially curated with you, our valued supporter, in mind.

  • Maria Shaw

    Alumni Relations Officer

    It is my responsibility to create meaningful programs that keep SFCM alumni connected to each other and to the institution. I aim to keep our alums informed of the progress of the Conservatory, share news and celebrate their accomplishments, and help SFCM graduates build life-long relationships with established members of the alumni community. If you’re an alum of SFCM, I want to hear from you!

  • James Steichen

    Director of Individual Gifts



    I work with individuals who support SFCM's many programs and initiatives. If you have any questions about becoming a donor or learning more about funding opportunities please call or email me! I'm a musicologist by training and am passionate about all kinds of music, from chamber music to opera to the American songbook.

  • Rachel Howsmon

    Advancement Assistant and Prospect Researcher

    I serve as assistant to the Advancement Department, which involves supporting the team and working on advancement research, communications, events, consulting, and finances. I also happen to be a conservatory-trained violist.