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Degrees and Programs

Unlimited possibility at the tip of your baton.

edwin outwater conducting during a performance, he is about to give a strong downbeat

The exclusive nature of SFCM’s conducting program guarantees students the guidance and opportunities required to become a successful and well-rounded conductor. Private instruction, rehearsals, and performance, in conjunction with the Conservatory Orchestra and other Conservatory ensembles, constitute the core of the program. SFCM conducting students also have access to plentiful work experience opportunities around the Bay Area creating a holistic and unique educational experience for aspiring conductors.


Exclusive instruction.

Ravel “La valse”

In an April 2024 performance in the ߲ݴý Francisco Conservatory of Music's Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, the SFCM Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Edwin Outwater, performs Ravel's “La valse”.

SFCM Opera performance

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.

SFCM student in staircase

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 conducting faculty directly to arrange a consultative lesson.

SFCM Students working in a classroom

Audit a Class

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

SFCM large ensemble


Performance opportunities abound at SFCM. Ensembles range from small, dedicated instrumental choirs to the Conservatory Orchestra. As a conductor, you’ll collaborate with many different musical groups.

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.


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.


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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.