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San Francisco Conservatory of Music Celebrates its Centennial

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Aug 11, 2017

This year, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) will celebrate 100 years of providing music learning to the community. Clement and Lillian Hodgehead opened the Ada Clement Piano School in 1917, launching a program that would eventually become SFCM. Starting with only four pupils today the organization serves over 400.

According to the San Francisco Classical Voice, “Faculty and visiting artists have included Ernest Bloch, Yehudi Menuhin, Arnold Baller, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, Placido Domingo, Beverly Sills, Pinchas Zukerman, John Adams, Bonnie Hampton, and Yo-Yo Ma.”

Notable alumni include: Isaac Stern, Gordon Getty, Terry Riley, Jeffrey Kahane, and Robin Sutherland.

“Constant growth saw the school’s widespread instructional programs in instruments, voice, composition, theory, and more bulging against the walls of its home at 19th Avenue and Ortega in the Sunset for decades. In 2006 came the big move into the school’s current palatial home at 50 Oak Street in the Civic Center, with several small performance venues and the concert hall. David H. Stull became president in 2013, and immediately started preparations for the centennial year,” says the San Francisco Classical Voice.

Read the full article here.

About the SFCM, Preparatory & Extension Divisions

The San Francisco Conservatory has played an increasingly vital role in music education since 1917. The Preparatory and Adult Extension Divisions focus not only on the pursuit of musical excellence but also the enrichment of the Bay Area community through music. The Preparatory Division offers private lessons, early childhood classes, and musicianship, composition and ensemble training for children between the ages of 4 - 17; the Adult Extension Division offers private lessons and a wide variety of both pedagogical and general interest classes for adults of any age. Currently 430 students are enrolled in the Preparatory Division, while roughly 220 adults study in the Adult Extension Division. The Divisions have a faculty of 70 full and part time instructors, as well as two full time and two part time staff members. In addition, the Divisions' Community Outreach program provides San Francisco school children with quality musical instruction otherwise unavailable in the public school system.

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