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Musicianship and Composition Continuing Education Faculty

Learn Musicianship and Composition from our fantastic Continuing Education Faculty. 


Robert 'Bobby' Chastain, composition

Composer, conductor, bassoonist, and singer Robert “Bobby” Chastain has firmly established himself in the San Francisco Bay Area musical scene, composing works for orchestra, choir, and chamber groups with a special inclination towards the voice. His music is often highly contrapuntal and richly textured, with an occasional return to simplicity. Composer John Corigliano described Chastain as being “a virtuoso with the orchestra, [and with] a distinctive sound.” Arts SF described his music as being “irresistible” with “great momentum,” while SF Classical Voice described his orchestral and wind ensemble work, Metanoia, as a “sound poem with well-rendered effects and a rich texture… will have a lasting appeal for wind ensembles around the world.” As a composer of orchestral, chamber, and choral works, he has won the Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship to the Aspen Summer Music Festival and School as well as a Williamson Foundation Grant to the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France. rchastain@sfcm.edu

Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Joseph Stillwell, composition

Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.

Harry Whitney, musicianship/composition

M.M. and B.M. in Music Composition, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; graduate, European American Musical Alliance’s Summer Music Institute, honors in Harmony, Invertible Counterpoint, and Score Reading; studied with David Conte, David Garner and Scott Foglesong; Artist-in-Residence, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts; Organ Scholar, St. Dominic's Catholic Church of San Francisco. harry.whitney@sfcm.edu

Accepting beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.