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Collaborations, Master Classes and Guest Lecturers

We frequently host guest artists for master classes, private instruction, guest lectures, and side-by-side performances. In addition, the HP program regularly collaborates with Bay Area-based ensembles American Bach Soloists and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. SFCM is the host of the annual American Bach Soloists Academy. 

Guest artists/lecturers in recent years have included: 

John Abberger, baroque oboe

Astrid Andersson, recorder

Julie Andrejeski historical dance

Christine Brandes, soprano

Joanna Blendulf, baroque cello

Phoebe Carrai, baroque cello

Cabriele Cassone, baroque trumpet

Concordia Dawn, medieval ensemble

Bruce Dickey, cornetto

Will Crutchfield, scholar and pianist

Vanessa Paloma Elbaz, voice

Maggie Faultless, baroque violin

Guy Fishman, baroque cello

Sandra Hammond, historical dance

Jérôme Hantai, viola da gamba

Ellen Hargis, soprano

Steven Isserlis, cello

Yukimi Kambe, viola da gamba

Shira Kammen, medieval music

Wieland Kuijken, viola da gamba

Eva Legêne, recorder

Robert Levin, pianist

Steven Lehning, double bass, violone

Catherine Mackintosh, baroque violin

Judith Malafronte, mezzo-soprano

Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Robert Mealy, baroque violin

Sandra Miller, traverso

Carla Moore, baroque violin

Debra Nagy, baroque oboe

Anthony Newman, harpsichord

Sherazade Panthaki, soprano

Farley Pearce, double bass, violone

Rachel Podger, baroque violin

Carolyn Sampson, soprano

Shunske Sato, baroque violin

Marc Schachman, baroque oboe 

Janet See, traverso

Erica Schuller, soprano

Stephen Schultz, traverso

William Sharp, baritone

Ken Slowik, cello, viola da gamba and fortepiano

Dominic Teresi, baroque bassoon

John Thiessen, natural trumpet

Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

Kiri Tollaksen, cornetto

Elisabeth Wright, harpsichord

Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor

Instruments and Disciplines

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Baroque Violin

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Industry Alliances to Support Students and Artists

In recent years, SFCM acquired two leading artist management companies and an iconic record label to reimagine how elements of the music industry can better integrate to advance the human experience through music. For students, that means more opportunities to interact with touring artists and industry experts–including professional development workshops, side-by-side performances, and enhanced masterclasses.

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Visiting Campus

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

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Historical performance opportunities are always available to students. SFCM’s Baroque Ensemble and various chamber groups showcase our wealth of historical instrumentalists.

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SFCM leads an alliance across the music industry consisting of artist management companies Opus 3 Artists and Askonas Holt and recording label Pentatone. Together, their work creates opportunities for students, artists, presenters, and audiences to develop and experience new ideas.