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An interview with Dave Burkhart

Did you know that faculty member Dave Burkhart was in a rock band called Medieval Times: The ancient sound of rock and soul? Hear that story, and many more, in his oral history interview!

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Marilyn Thompson’s memories

Pianist Marilyn Thompson studied at the Conservatory with Adolph Baller, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 1964. On June 29th, Marilyn visited our archives to record an interview for the Conservatory’s Oral History Project. While a student, Marilyn lived for several years … Continue reading

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An interview with Yaada Weber

On June 16th, flutist Carmen Lemoine and archivist Tessa Updike visited former SFCM flute faculty member Yaada Weber in the East Bay to record an interview for our Oral History Project. Yaada’s story began in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was … Continue reading

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1201 Ortega Street, 1956-2006

Sixty years ago the Conservatory moved from the location of its founding, 3435 Sacramento Street to 1201 Ortega Street. The Conservatory would stay at Ortega Street for fifty years, and move to its current home at 50 Oak Street in 2006. … Continue reading

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Visit from Ramon Sender

Composition alum Ramon Sender (’62) visited the Conservatory last week with his wife Judy to take a tour of our TAC (Technology and Applied Composition) studios. When he was a student at the Conservatory, Ramon built our very first electronic music … Continue reading

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1906 Earthquake – Ada Clement’s story

110 years ago today an estimated 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Northern California. At least 3,000 people died from the quake and fires. Conservatory co-founder Ada Clement was living with her mother in a little cottage on Washington Street … Continue reading

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Oral History Winter Term

This January, the Conservatory held its first Winter Term since the mid- 1970s. Students and faculty returned from their winter breaks to immerse themselves in unique class offerings. The Conservatory’s archives participated with an Oral History Workshop, with two of … Continue reading

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