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Winter Term

Take a few weeks to flex your muscles.

Winter Term

SFCM sets aside a few weeks near the beginning of the new year for Winter Term, a special time for students to immerse themselves in subjects beyond the standard curriculum. It’s a chance to learn about an interest you’ve never quite had time to explore. Or to give your career a head start by developing a business or technical skill. Or to watch an idea come to life. Or to see what happens when you play in a way that you haven’t before.

So, we’ve taken the initiative to provide students with accessible and revelatory experiences. Winter Term, is an incubator for your ideas. It is a time for exploration and unabashed risk-taking. Here’s how it works: you propose a project particular to your need or interest, or a faculty member proposes a subject that would potentially pique the interest of a number of students. The resulting Winter Term projects can range from subjects beyond the scope of a traditional music curriculum (“Music and Photography”) to the intensive study of a particular professional skill (“Pro Tools Workshop”). In between, singers dance, trombonists build press kits, and violinists learn how to curate a concert series.

Your studio teacher or other appropriate faculty member serves as your advisor and offers guidance, whether it’s an individual or group project. Undergraduate students participate in at least three Winter Terms during their time at SFCM, and graduate students participate each academic year.

Winter Term isn’t a break. It’s a chance to break away. And it’s a key part of our mission of inspiring you to grow intellectually, artistically, professionally, and individually. This is the time to stretch the boundaries of your educational pursuits and seek the skill sets and knowledge you want to acquire … or perhaps didn’t know you want to acquire. Have you always wanted to curate your own concert series? How about using the latest software to record and mix your own album? Whatever you can think up is on the table.

After its launch (and resounding success) in the 2015–16 academic year, students have clamored for Winter Term’s continuation, and we are only happy to oblige.

Prepare to get your feet wet.

Explore New Areas and Directions

Winter Term Projects

Interested in putting together your own independent Winter Term Project? Find the forms you need and visit the SAEC.

A Time to Explore

Winter Term

Winter Term is a time to explore. Featuring classes as diverse as Baroque Dance, Music Management, and Recitative Boot Camp, this short semester brings you out of your comfort zone and into a world of creative experimentation.

Special Winter Term Seminar

Music Management for Musicians

An introduction to Symphony and Opera management, administration, and organizational structure, taught by Peter Pastreich and David Gockley and distinguished guest faculty. Whether you see yourself as a performer or an administrator, management will affect your life and career. This seminar, taught by two experts in the field, will cover every aspect of opera and orchestra administration. Peter Pastreich was Executive Director of the San Francisco Symphony for over 20 years, after serving in the same role with the Nashville and Saint Louis symphonies. David Gockley was General Director of the Houston Grand Opera, and then the San Francisco Opera. Together, they will cover topics including organizational structure, finances, artistic administration, strategic planning, problem solving, education, fund raising, marketing, individual and union negotiations, and much more. Faculty will include other expert guests, and participants will attend and discuss a San Francisco Symphony performance together.

$100 - SFCM Alumni and Seniors
$250 - General Public

Monday, January 7 - Saturday, January 12, 2019
9 AM - 5 PM (1/7-1/11)
9 AM - 12 PM (1/12)
Room 507 and Recital Hall

Faculty roster and subjects to be covered:

Mary Bitterman, Osher Foundation; Donor’s standpoint
Rebecca Blum, San Francisco Symphony; Human Resources, Personnel Management
Lisa Bullard, San Francisco Opera; Marketing
Andrew Dubowski, San Francisco Symphony; Operations
Tim Foo, SFCM; Boards & Structure
Ron Gallman, San Francisco Symphony; Education & Outreach
Keith Geeslin, Francisco Partners; Boards & Structure
David Gockley, San Francisco Opera; Senior Faculty
Mark Hanson, San Francisco Symphony; Planning & Goals, Labor Relations
Tom Hemphill; Labor Relations
Jennifer Lynch, San Francisco Opera; Development
Nancy Mims; Human Resources
Michael Morgan, Oakland Symphony; Education & Outreach
Elizabeth Murray; Concert Halls, Opera Houses, Performing Spaces
Kathleen Nicely, SFCM; Development
Bernard Osher; Donor’s Standpoint
Peter Pastreich, San Francisco Symphony; Senior Faculty
Matthew Shilvock, San Francisco Opera; Artistic Administration, Planning & Goals
Michael Simpson, San Francisco Opera; Finance
Matt Spivey, San Francisco Symphony; Artistic Administration
David Stull, SFCM; Greetings, Thanks
Oliver Theil, San Francisco Symphony; Public Relations
Tanya Tompkins, Valley of the Moon Festival; Festivals
Joyce Wessling, San Francisco Symphony; Operations
Jaap van Zweden, New York Philharmonic; Music Directors