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, and new partnerships with the Conservatory’s Civic Center neighbors including SFJAZZ, San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Symphony.
Ann and Gordon Getty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Chairman of the Board of Trustees Timothy Foo with Willie Brown and Conservatory of Music President David Stull
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Trustee Lisa Grotts with her husband John Grotts
Dailey Pattee, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Vice-Chair Michael Whitman, Sandra Whitman
Phil Pemberton with his wife and San Francisco Conservatory of Music Executive Vice-Chair Deepa Pakianathan
Daniel Laury, Anne Laury
Wilkes Bashford, Jane Mudge, Nellis Smith
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Trustee Kent Baum, Marie-Jose Baum and San Francisco Conservatory of Music President David Stull
Joan Weill, Barbro Osher
Louise Renne, Paul Renne
Barbara Callendar, Marianne Peterson
The Punch Brothers, left to right, Gabe Witcher, Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Chris Thile and Noam Pikelny performed at the invitation-only San Francisco Conservatory of Music Gala on March 27, 2014
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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