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We empower the world's most forward-thinking musicians.

At SFCM, we are lifelong leaders and learners. As a professional music school, we are committed to providing an extraordinary education that prepares you to pursue fully engaged lives as citizens of the world. Our core mission is to transform our students: artistically, intellectually, professionally, and individually. When you start your application, you will be guided through the process by the Office of Admissions. Apply today to start your performance of a lifetime!

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Aspire for beauty. Own the moment.

Degrees and Programs
Brass Bachelor of Music Brass Master of Music Brass Professional Studies Certificate
Instruments and Disciplines
Horn Trombone Trumpet Tuba
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Write the music you dreamed of.

Degrees and Programs
Composition Bachelor of Music Composition Master of Music
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Unlimited possibility at the tip of your baton.

Degrees and Programs
Conducting Master of Music Conducting Professional Studies Certificate
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Six strings of artistry

Degrees and Programs
Bachelor of Music in Guitar Master of Music in Guitar Professional Studies Certificate in Guitar
Learn more about Guitar
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Historical Performance

Getting to the root of it all.

Degrees and Programs
Harpsichord Bachelor of Music Harpsichord Master of Music Baroque Violin Master of Music Baroque Viola Master of Music Baroque Cello Master of Music Viola da Gamba Master of Music Baroque Violin Professional Studies Certificate Baroque Viola Professional Studies Certificate Historical Keyboards Professional Studies Certificate Baroque Voice Professional Studies Certificate
Instruments and Disciplines
Baroque Cello Baroque Viola Baroque Violin Baroque Voice Harpsichord Historical Keyboards Historical Plucked Strings Viola da Gamba
Learn more about Historical Performance
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Time begins with rhythm.

Degrees and Programs
Percussion Bachelor of Music Percussion Master of Music Percussion Professional Studies Certificate
Learn more about Percussion
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From black and white to a universe of color.

Degrees and Programs
Keyboard Bachelor of Music Keyboard Master of Music Keyboard Professional Studies Certificate Piano Artist Diploma
Instruments and Disciplines
Collaborative Piano Organ Piano
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Play with fire.

Degrees and Programs
Strings Bachelor of Music Strings Master of Music Strings Professional Studies Certificate
Instruments and Disciplines
Cello Double Bass Harp Viola Violin
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Technology and Applied Composition

A versatile, hands-on program to compose, design, and engineer.

Degrees and Programs
TAC Bachelor of Music TAC Master of Music TAC Professional Studies Certificate
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Where excellence meets artistry

Degrees and Programs
Woodwinds Bachelor of Music Woodwinds Master of Music Woodwinds Professional Studies Certificate
Instruments and Disciplines
Bassoon Clarinet Flute Oboe
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Voice / Opera Studies

Your voice, inspired by the best.

Degrees and Programs
Bachelor of Music in Voice Master of Music in Voice Professional Studies Certificate in Voice Artist Diploma in Opera Studies in Voice
Instruments and Disciplines
Opera and Musical Theatre
Learn more about Voice / Opera Studies

How to Apply

It's a big step, we know, and we're here for you. Apply now online, request more information, or learn about our audition and application process.

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Auditions & Repertoire

You'll be great. Check out this page for all repertoire requirements and deadlines for your major. Some Instruments and Majors may require a prescreening video.

Financial Aid and Affordability

At SFCM, we understand that college is a substantial investment. We're here to help, and we're committed to working with you to achieve the education you desire. 99% of our students receive financial aid at an average rate of 57% tuition discount.


SFCM has some of the most advanced, meticulously tuned facilities of any music conservatory. Check out our virtual tours and list of facilities here.

Meet Admissions

We've been in your shoes: We have all been through the college application process and are here to help you! Click here to find out how to get in contact with our office.

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Meet Admissions

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James Encarnación

Assistant Dean of Admissions

I’m honored to rejoin the ߲ݴý Francisco Conservatory of Music’s community as Assistant Dean of Admissions. Prior to joining the team, I held Admissions and Enrollment Management positions at The Tianjin Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and SFCM's Pre-College and Adult Extension Divisions. Supporting young musicians through the application and audition processes is work that I value deeply, and being able to showcase the extraordinary education that SFCM provides is incredibly rewarding. ߲ݴý Francisco is truly a special place! I hold a Bachelor of Music Degree in Trombone Performance from The University of Michigan and a Master of Music Degree in Tenor Trombone from the ߲ݴý Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Lee Anne Frahn

Assistant Director of Admissions

I am excited to make the move from Bellingham, WA, to the vibrant city of ߲ݴý Francisco and join the SFCM community. As a vocalist (MMus Vocal Performance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and a background in music higher education, I am eager to continue my journey of supporting students and their passion for music. As a first-generation student, I understand firsthand how intimidating the application process can be. My dedication lies in helping students smoothly transition into college life and empowering them to make their mark on the world. Together with our exceptional faculty and staff, I look forward to creating an inviting and inclusive home for SFCM students, nurturing their growth and artistic aspirations.

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Abby Bush

Admissions Counselor

Originally from Los Angeles, I came to ߲ݴý Francisco to pursue a master's degree in vocal performance at SFCM. After finishing my degree (MM '22), I was lucky enough to join the incredible admissions team. I now enjoy supporting and encouraging applicants as they consider becoming members of our amazing and passionate community. I look forward to helping out incoming students as they make their way to the beautiful city of ߲ݴý Francisco.