We’re all ears. Before we became players, singers, conductors, and composers, listening was our first love. And it’s still the skill that underlies everything we do at SFCM. Hearing who you are and how far you’ve come is the first step toward a beautiful musical partnership. We can’t wait to hear you.

Acceptance into the Technology and Applied Composition program at SFCM requires pre-screening.

Live auditions at the Conservatory are required of the following applicants:

  • Applicants residing in California.

Regional and Final Audition recordings are accepted from the following applicants:

  • Applicants residing outside of California

Final recordings must be submitted online through the formal Application, found here, no later than December 1. Note that the piano selection for the piano proficiency requirement must be submitted with the Final Audition Recording.



  • One musical score that demonstrates original musical thought and the fundamentals of compositional technique
  • One self-produced recording of an original work (can be made using any combination of acoustic and virtual instruments)
  • Additional work samples: We want to get a sense of how you think and interact with various disciplines and technologies. Please include anything that might paint a bigger picture of your creativity or interests. Multimedia art, interactive digital art, literary interests, improvisation, and computer-generated compositions are encouraged.

Writing requirements in the application:

  • Within the Personal Statement describing your decision to apply to SFCM, please also detail your interest and/or experience with music outside of the classical tradition, as well as your musical training background.
  • Essay: Choose one topic (200-250 words)
  1. Recent developments in music technology provide the modern composer with practically limitless creative possibilities. Describe your thoughts on the intersection of technology and music.
  2. At SFCM, we bring people together to better the lives of others through music. Describe one way in which you have contributed to your community, whether in your family, the classroom, your neighborhood, etc.

Final Audition Requirements

  • Interview with faculty from the TAC program (based on the pre-screen portfolio) exploring creativity and artistic expression
  • Performance of a selection of music on the piano that demonstrates basic knowledge of music theory and hand coordination. Pieces can vary in difficulty. If you would like to prepare something more advanced, we encourage you to do so. Final audition recording applicants must upload the piano proficiency requirement into the application.
  • The following beginner to intermediate pieces are examples of selections that could be performed with a few months of practice for non-pianists:
    • Bach, Notebook for Anna Magdalena
    • Kabalevsky, Pieces for Children, Op. 27
    • Stravinsky, Les cinq doigts
    • Bartok, Mikrokosmos

If piano is not your primary instrument, you may perform a short piece on your primary instrument during your audition. You will still be required to demonstrate your piano skills.

Audition Dates at SFCM

January 20
February 10
February 15
February 17

2019-20 Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions - In Spring 2020


Location Date Master Class Instrument
Interlochen January 18
Chicago January 20 Cathy Payne* Piccolo
New York February 28 Sharon Mann Piano
New York (piano only) February 29
New York March 2

*Cathy Payne's Master Class will be on January 19



Asian Regional Auditions - in Fall 2019


*Seoul October 27
*Taipei October 29-30
Shenzhen October 31
*Hong Kong November 1
Singapore November 3
*Guangzhou November 4-5
*Shanghai November 7-9
*Beijing November 11-14

*These auditions are in partnership with USA Schools of Music.

TAC Facilities

  • TAC lab