Conservatory Facilities

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The Conservatory's new home at 50 Oak Street, opened in 2006, is just a three-minute walk from Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House, and just one block from a major public transit hub. In addition to state-of-the art classrooms, practice rooms, teaching studios and three performance halls, students enjoy a large library and listening room, two high-tech recording studios and computer lab, a rooftop terrace, café and wireless Internet connections.

Not only is Oak Street at the arts and education center of San Francisco, it is close to the landmarks that define the city's character: Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, The Mission District, The Castro, Telegraph Hill and others are all within walking distance or easy to reach by public transportation.

 

Walking Time to Symphony Hall: 3 minutes
Distance to Transit Hub: 1 block
Train time to Oakland or Berkeley: 20 minutes


Acoustics

Designed by world-class acousticians Kirkegaard and Associates, the building's cutting-edge acoustics include completely isolated "floating rooms" and adjustable absorption systems, with each space tailored to its specific sound requirement. Notable features include:

  • Rooms isolated from urban/street noise and from each other
  • Acoustical climates tailored for specific kinds of music-making: composition, teaching, practice, rehearsal and performance
  • Architectural features (pilasters, cornices, ceiling ribbing) preserved for historic and aesthetic reasons, as well as sound-reflecting and scattering functions
  • Adjustable absorption systems allow the acoustical environment of rehearsals to be similar to that of performances

Instruments and Equipment

More than 40 new Steinway and Yamaha pianos with a value of almost $1 million ensure that students have access to the finest instruments possible. A completely up-to-date recording studio records recitals and other important projects, including commercial quality CDs.

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Performance Halls

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A dramatic performance hall created in a renovated, historic grand ballroom. Designed to showcase the Conservatory's orchestra, it accommodates audiences of up to 450 people. Internationally renowned visiting artists also perform and present master classes in this hall.

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This extraordinary, intimate modern hall seats up to 125 and is specifically designed for chamber music, small ensemble performances and recitals by our faculty and students. Theatrical lighting and balconies enhance the staging of opera scenes.

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A versatile jewel-box for student recitals, ensemble performances, opera staging and blocking rehearsals, classes and lectures, and special meetings and events, the Osher Salon seats up to 100.
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Other Spaces

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The magnificent main entrance to the Conservatory features a grand staircase spanning several floors. Visitors reach the Concert Hall, Recital Hall, Salon and café through this visually commanding space.
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Library

A library for students and faculty with a special collection room, listening room and study space accommodates the Conservatory's large collection of books, recordings and scores. Floor-to-ceiling windows affect a warm and gracious space with superb natural light and views of the city.

Percussion Suite

The percussion suite is located on the lowest level of the Conservatory to minimize the potential noise transfer to other areas of the building, and includes a large rehearsal room, studio and two practice rooms acoustically designed for percussion instruments.

Youth Music Education Center

Home of the Preparatory Division's early childhood music education program, the Center encompasses two classrooms specially designed and equipped for our youngest students.

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Milton Salkind Terrace

A stunning outdoor space atop the building serves as one of the prime gathering spaces for the Conservatory community.

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Main Recording Studio

State-of-the-art technology feeds all concert hall performances here for recording. Students, faculty and alumni may also make recordings in the adjacent soundproof studio.

Baroque Studio

Home of the Conservatory's baroque music program, the Carol Pucci and Dixon R. Doll Baroque Studio includes the Baroque Ensemble room and the baroque instruments room, housing harpsichords, clavichord and organ.

Computer Center

Fifteen workstations with a variety of applications and computer resources. In addition to standard applications such as Internet access, e-mail and word processing, the Conservatory has developed custom applications to help students with ear training and music theory. Digital keyboards at many workstations interface with music notation software for composition and creating music scores.

Electronic Music Studio

A state-of-the-art facility for the composition and performance of electronic music.

Other Specialty Rooms

Additional facilities include student and faculty lounges, harp studio, reed-making room, dual piano teaching studios and keyboard laboratory.