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

Learn. Perform. Collaborate.

Unparalleled access to world-class faculty and facilities, as well as unique opportunities for cross-departmental collaboration, mentorship, and performance make SFCM the home for the world’s best young string players.

Numerous connections to the San Francisco Symphony (three concertmasters are on faculty), Ballet, and Opera allow frequent opportunities to attend performances, dress rehearsals, as well as backstage access.

Performance opportunities are many and wide ranging with SFCM’s orchestra, a celebrated chamber music program, early and new music ensembles, and departmental and solo recitals. A yearly string competition gives players an opportunity to perform with an orchestra. String students also collaborate on projects cross-departmentally, including with peers in the voice and composition programs, working side-by-side to perform and premiere new works. As the Bay Area’s only conservatory, gigging opportunities are plentiful.


What's up with your instrument at SFCM.

SFCM and Opus 3 alliance
SFCM changed global music education in 2020 by acquiring management company Opus3 Artists, home to over 250 top musicians. Masterclasses, recording sessions, and side-by-sides with members of the Opus 3 roster are only the beginning of our work together to invent the future of performances.
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 Admissions to take a tour of our facilities. You can also contact the strings faculty directly to arrange a consultative lesson.

SFCM Students in classroom


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.