San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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San Francisco Conservatory of Music

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) is a music school in San Francisco, California. About 400 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at the school which also includes a Pre-College Division for young musicians.


The San Francisco Conservatory of Music was founded in 1917 by Ada Clement and Lillian Hodghead as the Ada Clement Piano School. Its first location was the home of Lillian's parents, at 3435 Sacramento Street. The school opened with three pianos, four studios, two blackboards and 40 students.

The Ada Clement Piano School quickly expanded. Several years after its founding, the name changed to the Ada Clement Music School, and then in 1923 to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 1956 the Conservatory moved from Sacramento Street to 1201 Ortega Street, the home of a former infant shelter. It resided there for fifty years, before moving to its current location at 50 Oak Street in 2006.

Conservatory Leaders:

  • Ada Clement and Lillian Hodghead, 1917-1925
  • Ernest Bloch, 1925-1930
  • Ada Clement and Lillian Hodghead, 1930-1951
  • Albert Elkus, 1951-1957
  • Robin Laufer, 1957-1966
  • Milton Salkind, 1966-1990
  • Stephen Brown, 1990-1991
  • Milton Salkind (Acting President), 1991-1992
  • Colin Murdoch, 1992-2013
  • David Stull, 2013–present

Location and facility[edit]

San Francisco Conservatory of Music offers music education in addition to community enrichment programs and world-class performances. This expansion of the school will dramatically increase its instructional and performance opportunities as well as its contribution to the cultural life of the Bay Area. The Oak Street facility almost doubles the square footage of the Conservatory's old site at Ortega Street in the largely residential Sunset District and positions the 84-year-old college of music in the arts nexus of San Francisco, amid Davies Symphony Hall, the War Memorial Opera House, the Asian Art Museum and other prominent arts-related venues and institutions.

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, celebrating its 100th anniversary announced on April 25, 2018, a donation of $46.4 million from the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation. The funding will be used to construct a 12-floor building containing two concert halls in the city's Civic Center area.[1]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "San Francisco Conservatory of Music Gets $46 Million Gift". The New York Times. 2018-04-25. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
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  3. ^ Christophe Huss (26 August 2006). "Léopold Simoneau (1916-2006) – Mozart rappelle les siens". Le Devoir (in French). Dans les années soixante-dix, il enseigna le chant au San Francisco Conservatory of Music et à l'école des beaux-arts de Banff, avant de s'installer à Victoria, où il fonda, en 1982, avec son épouse Pierrette Alarie, le Canada Opera Piccola destiné à la formation des jeunes chanteurs canadiens.

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Coordinates: 37°46′32″N 122°25′13″W / 37.77556°N 122.42028°W / 37.77556; -122.42028