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Brass

Degrees and Programs

Undergraduate

Brass Bachelor of Music

Aspire for beauty. Own the moment.

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Made up of principal brass chairs of the ߲ݴý Francisco Symphony, as well as principal players of the ߲ݴý Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras and a close-knit student body, SFCM’s Brass Department challenges and inspires the next generation of great players.

Small studios with all-star faculty guarantee individualized instruction. Hone your craft with unparalleled mentorship and prepare for a rewarding career.

Numerous performance opportunities within the Conservatory and around the Bay Area will transform you from student to professional. Experience the action up close with SFCM’s many connections to the ߲ݴý Francisco Symphony, including free tickets, dress rehearsal and backstage access, and the unique ability to play side-by-side with the industry’s leading musicians.

Direct links to the Ballet, Opera, and Symphony Orchestras, several connections to Civic Center Arts and Silicon Valley, professional development requirements, student-led projects, one-on-one mentorships give SFCM students the confidence to open many professional doors. Many alumni have blossomed to worldwide performance careers, while others have parlayed their foundational education in music into careers in law, medicine, non-profit work, education, technology, and arts administration.

Instruments and Disciplines

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Horn

Pursue perfection. Achieve excellence.

Degrees and Programs
Bachelor of Music Curriculum Master of Music Curriculum Professional Studies Certificate Curriculum
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Trumpet

Pursue perfection. Achieve excellence.

Degrees and Programs
Bachelor of Music Curriculum Master of Music Curriculum Professional Studies Certificate Curriculum
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Trombone

Pursue perfection. Achieve excellence.

Degrees and Programs
Bachelor of Music Curriculum Master of Music Curriculum Professional Studies Certificate Curriculum
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Tuba in orchestra rehearsal

Tuba

Pursue perfection. Achieve excellence.

Degrees and Programs
Bachelor of Music Curriculum Master of Music Curriculum Professional Studies Certificate Curriculum
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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 the Campus

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

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Ensembles

Performance opportunities abound at SFCM. Ensembles featuring brass range from dedicated instrumental choirs to the Conservatory Orchestra. Whether your interest lies in symphonic repertoire or chamber music, there's a place for your unique voice.

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Audit a Class

We've saved a seat for you. During your visit to SFCM, get a feel for the curriculum and sit in on a class or two in order to see what it's like to be a student at the Conservatory.

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.

Life on Campus

Learn about safe and secure, all-suite on-campus housing, where 24/7 practice rooms are just the beginning.

Performances

We put on more than 500 performances a year, including student recitals, masterclasses, and side-by-sides with exciting guest artists—most of them free to the public. Check out one today.

Newsroom

Get the inside scoop on everything going on at SFCM with stories of SFCM's students, alumni, faculty and leadership.

Alliances

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.