1. Pre-College

Summer Programs

Gilbert and Sullivan Scenes & Composition Workshop

Summer programs provide opportunities both Pre-College and non-Pre-College students to continue their education after the academic year has ended. Applications for SFCM Pre-College Summer Programs are accepted February 1 through April 15 each year.

Application Procedure

Gilbert and Sullivan Scenes

Explore the "Topsy-Turvy" world of rollicking pirates, damsels in distress and modern major generals! Daily classes and rehearsals emphasize singing, acting and stage movement, leading to a fully staged and costumed performance of Gilbert and Sullivan scenes in association with artistic staff from Lamplighters Music Theatre, San Francisco's award-winning Gilbert and Sullivan company.

The perfect training program for the young stage performer — now in its seventeenth year! A collaboration with Lamplighters Music Theater.

Ages: 10–18
When: June 15–27, 2020
Monday–Thursday, 1–5 PM; Friday, 12–5 PM
Tuition: $930
Application Deadline: April 15 (email lreynolds@sfcm.edu to inquire about remaining openings after this date)

Audition Requirements

Present two contrasting selections in English (one at a lively tempo), from the Gilbert & Sullivan, classic Broadway (no belting, please), light opera or operetta repertoire. Choose songs that show off your personality. Selections should be memorized. You will also be asked to sight-read a monologue. Accompanist provided. Long-distance applicants may send a video audition. Audition dates are in April each year, exact dates TBA.

Composition Workshop

Directed by SFCM Pre-College Division composition chair, Daniel Wood, and with guest visits by guest artist composers and musicians, the Composition Workshop offers talented young artists the chance to intensely study composition for small forces through the acoustic and electronic lens of the 21st century.

Ages: 13–19*

*For students who haven't started full-time college or conservatory study yet

When: June 22–July 17, 2020
Monday–Friday, 10 AM–5 PM
Tuition: $2,575
Application Deadline: April 15 (email lreynolds@sfcm.edu to inquire about remaining openings after this date)

The four-week program offers:

  • Daily classes in harmony, orchestration, and compositional techniques
  • Weekly private instruction
  • Focused study in 21st-century electronic techniques as well as traditional methods
  • Access to SFCM's state-of-the-art Digital Lab featuring Logic, Sibelius, Ableton Live, ProTools, and thousands of virtual instruments
  • Culminating concert showcasing pieces written during the workshop performed by SFCM students and faculty
  • Master classes with industry professionals (Past visits include Mason Bates, Aaron Jay Kernis, Jack Perla, Elinor Armer, Dan Becker, David Conte, David Garner)

Application Requirements

Submit PDF scores of two recently composed contrasting works (with an MP3 or MP4 recording if available) at the time of application. An interview with the composition instructor is required, during which you should be prepared to perform one short piece on your instrument. Long-distance applicants may interview by phone.