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Woodwinds

Where excellence meets artistry

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Made up of a renowned faculty and a bold, talented student body, SFCM’s Woodwind Department challenges and inspires the next generation of great wind players. As a student of bassoon, clarinet, flute, and oboe, you will explore orchestra and chamber repertoire, contemporary music, and canon literature—all while honing your craft and preparing for a rewarding professional career.

Tailored instruction by all-star faculty offers unique opportunities for growth and mentorship. Small studio sizes (six students at most) guarantee individualized attention.

Numerous performances both 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 professionals.

Instruments and Disciplines

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Flute

Expression begins with precision.

Degrees and Programs
Flute Bachelor of Music Flute Master of Music Flute Professional Studies Certificate
Learn more about Flute
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Oboe

A beautiful tone is a beginning, not a destination.

Degrees and Programs
Oboe Bachelor of Music Oboe Master of Music Oboe Professional Studies Certificate
Learn more about Oboe
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Clarinet

A great phrase is worth a lifetime of preparation.

Degrees and Programs
Clarinet Bachelor of Music Clarinet Master of Music Clarinet Professional Studies Certificate
Learn more about Clarinet
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Bassoon

Do it Rite.

Degrees and Programs
Bassoon Bachelor of Music Bassoon Master of Music Bassoon Professional Studies Certificate
Learn more about Bassoon
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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 woodwind faculty directly to arrange a consultative lesson.

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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.

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Ensembles

Performance opportunities abound at SFCM. Whether your interest lies in symphonic repertoire or chamber music, there’s a place for your unique voice. Be sure to check out the diversity of ensembles on offer.

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.