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  1. New Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Get your summer going with SFCM.

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This summer, SFCM’s teaching faculty are bringing their talents to you. Get a taste of what studying at SFCM might be like. Get access to teachers who are members of San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet orchestras, as well as global competition winners and soloists. Get your own musical game ready for future auditions.


In these unprecedented times comes unprecedented opportunity: guitar players can study with not one, but two GFA first prize winners in Judicaël Perroy and Marc Teicholz. Participants receive multiple lessons, performance and master classes, a session on career development and a special improvisation workshop with jazz guitar phenom Julian Lage.
Recommended Ages: 12+


Violin, viola, cello and bass students have the opportunity to work with the SFCM string faculty, many of whom are principal players at San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet orchestras, including concertmasters. Select classes will involve participants across all string sections, so that students will have an opportunity to meet other players and see friends who play different instruments.
Recommended Ages: 15 - 21


The brass faculty at SFCM not only play in top orchestra jobs, they compose and arrange for ensemble as well. From Mahler and Wagner to Scarlatti and Gabrielli, these programs specifically focus on chamber and orchestral repertoire, as well as audition prep.
Recommended Ages: 16+

Piano and Voice

Whether working on keyboard technique or vocal range, these two programs combine faculty who have performed all over the globe with an emphasis on how to develop healthy habits that prime you for long term success in college and beyond.
Recommended Ages: 16 - 21

Technology & Applied Composition (TAC)

The TAC program trains composers who are equally at home in the realm of concert music, film and video game scoring, and sound design. This summer, students get a taste of the department whose graduates regularly land jobs at companies like Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Facebook, PlayStation, Dolby, and other Silicon Valley powerhouses.
Recommended Ages: 15 - 18


Get a feel for the life of an SFCM percussionist and study with the Principal players of the San Francisco Symphony: Principal Percussionist Jake Nissly and Principal Timpanist Ed Stephan. Also joining are alums Bryce Leafman, fresh off his SF Symphony audition win, and Jonathan Milke, US Army Band member.
Recommended Ages: 16+


New SFCM Music Director Edwin Outwater will begin accepting full time students for enrollment in the fall of 2021, but you may get to work with him now. As a prelude to his role here, a few selected aspiring conductors will receive personal coaching this summer.
Recommended Ages: 17+


The Roots, Jazz, and American Music (RJAM) program links a world class conservatory to the SFJAZZ Center and provides unparalleled access for students. Students will be able to study with a who’s who of jazz faculty.
Recommended Ages: 15+

Center for Innovative Leadership

This summer brings the debut of the new Center for Innovative Leadership, training arts managers and students interested in offstage careers. The Center for Innovative Leadership is committed to transformative change in professional music, and all programs offered are open to SFCM students to audit or actively participate.
Recommended Ages: 18+

Pre-College Division

Additional classes for dedicated high school students—as well as talented junior high players—are available through SFCM’s Pre-College division. From Gilbert & Sullivan to Chamber Music Improv to Planning for College, more ideas to fill your summer are available.
Recommended Ages: 10 - 18