A SFCM student performing on the violin with the SFCM orchestra
  1. Areas of Study
  2. Strings

Play with fire.

"When you believe in something, you can move mountains." –Isaac Stern '74 honoris causa

World-class faculty and facilities will help you get your soul onstage.

Being a student in the strings department at SFCM means countless performance opportunities, coaching from San Francisco Symphony members, master classes with renowned visiting artists, and opportunities to collaborate across departments. Led by over a dozen faculty members with elite performance experience, the strings department prepares you for a lifetime of realizing your instrument’s potential—and your own.


What's up with your instrument at SFCM.

Covid-19 By The Numbers*

Tests administered
to SFCM students, faculty, and staff
Positive cases from tests administered
Daily Symptom Checks Reported

Learn more about how SFCM has handled COVID-19 for our students over the past year.

* Data reported as of 3.4.21

SFCM student walking up stairs inside 50 Oak building in San Francisco


We’re waiting to show you around.

We look forward to your visit! Contact the Office of Admission to take a tour of our facilities. You can also contact the strings faculty directly to arrange a consultative lesson.


Get a feel for the curriculum.

We've saved a seat for you. During your visit to SFCM, sit in on a class or two and see what it's like to be a student at the Conservatory.

SFCM students playing in ensembles together


Perform with your peers.

Performance opportunities abound at SFCM. Ensembles featuring strings range from small chamber groups to the Conservatory Orchestra. Whether your interest lies in ensemble or solo repertoire, there’s a place for your unique voice.