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  • Ryan Brown

    Associate Dean for Professional Development

    Ryan Brown has a breadth of experience with many aspects of the music industry. In addition to his work as a composer and performer, he has worked professionally in symphonic concert production, marketing, development, and ecommerce. In 2006, he co-founded Switchboard Music, a 501(c)(3) music presenting organization based in San Francisco, which he currently serves as Executive Director. He received his Ph.D. in Composition from Princeton University and has taught composition, theory, and music history at Princeton University, Rutgers University, and Cal State Long Beach. In addition to Professional Development, he currently teaches in the music history department at SFCM, of which he is also an alumnus (MM, Composition '05). Visit him at

  • Rachael Smith

    Director of Community Engagement

    Rachael Smith is dedicated to increasing access to music and music education. In 2014 she founded Composed, a youth organization focused on fostering a personal connection to music through songwriting. She served as the head of the Vail Jazz Festival’s volunteer program, which helped bring over 200 performances to Vail, Colorado in Summer 2016. Smith has also taught youth literacy classes, collegiate-level Spanish, and music theory. A Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate, Smith earned a BA in Music Composition from Dickinson College. She currently manages the Community Engagement programs offered through PDEC.

  • George Jones

    Coordinator, Community Service Program

    Before pursuing a postsecondary education in music, George Jones was raised in Sitka, a small fishing town in Southeast Alaska. George owes a great deal to the music outreach programs within his home community. He is excited to be the Conservatory Service Program Coordinator and to share similar experiences with the residents of San Francisco. George is a second year graduate student studying trombone under the direction of Timothy Higgins. His previous teachers have included Lee Allen and James Desano who taught him during his study at the Oberlin Conservatory. George is focused in chamber music outreach and performs with a brass trio, brass quintet, and trombone quartet frequently in and around San Francisco. He is engaged in pedagogy and has worked through SFCMs Conservatory in the Schools program, been an intern with the Sitka Fine Arts Camp and the Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles, as well as a private instructor of trombone for college students at Oberlin. George has toured with the Oberlin Orchestra and has been a participant and soloist in the Cleveland Trombone Seminar for two years. George’s most cherished performance is playing Rzewski’s “Coming Together” with Angela Davis and the SFCM New Music Ensemble.