Bold Plans for San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco Conservatory of Music President David H. Stull announced bold plans for the esteemed institution at an invitation-only gala performance and dinner on March 27, 2014.  Some 300 supporters, donors, guest artists and journalists turned out to find out how Stull plans to lead the school during its second century.

Highlights include:

  • A curriculum that combines artistic training with business and career development classes
  • A new composition major that draws on the resources of Bay Area technology and recording companies
  • A new residence hall with a street-level cafe (already backed with a $17 million anonymous pledge)
  • Performance space and apartments for visiting faculty
  • New partnerships with the Conservatory’s Civic Center neighbors including SFJAZZ, San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Symphony.

Scenes from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Gala and Introduction to David Stull:

Photos by Drew Altizer Photography

The gala program included performances by New Century Chamber Orchestra led by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and the crossover bluegrass band Punch Brothers featuring mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile.  In the audience: music luminaries including Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade and Jake Heggie, noteworthy alumni such as Ron Losby ’77, president of Steinway and Sons-Americas and Ann and Gordon Getty who made a $1 million challenge grant, matching donations to the Conservatory through June 30th.

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