San Francisco High School of the Arts

Music Conservatory

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The pre-professional music program at San Francisco High School of the Arts equips our students well for success in universities and professional conservatories. Our music curriculum is rooted in classical music. It is comprised of high-level private and ensemble lessons as well as academic courses on music theory and composition. Our teachers are dedicated to helping students attain a foundation in professional music and develop a portfolio for college applications.

Music Conservatory Curriculum

  • Studio Class
  • Music History
  • Chorus
  • Voice

Studio classes meet once a week, during which time students perform for their peers and faculty in a masterclass setting. Pieces are workshopped and critiqued with the aim of discussing rehearsal, practice and performance techniques with the entire department.

This two-year course is a survey of the genres, styles, famous composers, and compositions that are seen throughout the development of Western Art Music. Students observe the elements of music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque Age, Classical Period, Romantic Era, and Twentieth Century. They will learn to contextualize musical achievements throughout history as they relate to the philosophies and events of their time.

All music conservatory students will participate in weekly chorus rehearsal. Performing in choir enhances a musician’s ability to naturally phrase and bring the ink of the notes on a page to life. It provides students an opportunity to not only perform on their own, but to work together as a team in a larger ensemble. 

A course designed to enhance your vocal range through various exercises and technique training.

  • Private Lessons
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Music Theory & Musicianship

The focus of the music department curriculum is private instruction with our academy faculty. Each student has two weekly 30-60-minute private lessons on his or her principal instrument. We currently offer private lessons for piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet, trombone, horn, flute, clarinet, saxophone, Chinese Erhu and voice.

Chamber performance ensemble focuses on developing individual musicianship through a small group setting. Students will work on their specific repertoires with an ensemble coach while they develop note reading skills, intonation, rhythm, articulation, dynamics, and balance. Ensembles will study individual and group practice and rehearsal techniques, interpretive and stylistic decisions as an ensemble, and performance skills.

This course covers music fundamentals including scales, intervals, key signatures, and harmony. Students work on notation as well as ear training/aural identification and sight singing.

Music Conservatory Faculty


Ms. Ani Bukujian

Music Teacher
Ms. Bukujian received her Bachelor and Master Degrees from The Juilliard School. Currently, she attends the San Francisco Conservatory. She is the winner of numerous musical competitions, including three gold medals at the World Championship of Performing Arts, and first place at the Bach Competition, the ASTA Annual National Solo Competition, and the Pasadena String Festival.

Ms. Christina Simpson

Music Teacher
Ms. Simpson earned a B.A. in History from UC Berkeley, where she served as Principal Violist for the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra for four years. Her classroom experience includes teaching English, History, and Music at the School of the Madeleine in Berkeley and the Educational Enrichment Center in Pleasanton as well as coaching chamber music at the College of Marin.

Mr. Matthew DePasquale

Trumpet Teacher
Mr. DePasquale is a talented and experienced trumpeter who also serves as Conducting Apprentice with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Merced Symphony. He is currently working on obtaining his M.A. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Lucas Jensen

Tenor and Bass Trombone teacher
Mr. Jensen received his B.A. in Music from the New England Conservatory. He is an active local bass trombonist that plays in orchestras and chamber groups throughout the Bay Area. He has taught privately and in schools in Mountain View, and worked with the San Francisco Symphony’s Education Department through their Adventures in Music Program.

Ms. Shannon Wolfe

Voice Teacher
Shannon Wolfe, soprano, holds a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she specialized in opera and Baroque chamber music performance. Ms. Wolfe is sought after both as a voice teacher and director of musical theater for kids and teens. She now maintains a private voice studio in San Francisco's Outer Sunset district. An active cabaret performer, Ms. Wolfe delights in the art of singing and storytelling using the Great American Songbook as her muse. She is the creator of numerous solo shows including, Femmes Fatales: A Film Noir cabaret.

Mr. Evan Kahn

Cello Teacher
Mr. Kahn received his B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and his M.A. in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He holds principal positions in four orchestras in the Bay area, including the Silicon Valley Symphony and the San Jose opera.

Ms. Erika Miras

French Horn Teacher
Ms. Miras holds degrees from University of Southern California, University of Michigan, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has performed with many orchestras and currently holds the position of co-principal horn in the Palm Beach Symphony.

Mr. Andrew Barnhart

Saxophone Teacher
Mr. Barnhart received a B.A. in Music from UCLA, where he also earned a minor in Music History, and a Master of Music degree from The Hartt School. He has performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra.
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Mr. Kenneth Miller

Bass teacher
Mr. Miller is a San Francisco native and graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has many years of performance experience, including with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, San Jose Symphony, and Philharmonia Baroque orchestras, as well as the Kronos and Turtle Island String Quartets.

Mr. Alden Jenks

Music Theory and Composition Teacher
Mr. Jenks received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.A. from U.C. Berkeley. He has years of teaching experience at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Naropa Institute, and the Golden Gate Philharmonic. Mr. Jenks has composed music in a wide variety of forms, and will be teaching Music Theory and Composition at High School of the Arts.
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Ms. Mikako Endo

Music Composition Teacher
Ms. Endo is a talented piano teacher and composer with over twenty years of teaching experience in the US and Japan. She received her B.M. in Music education and Composition from Tokyo Gakugei University and her M.A. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has composed music for concert performances, computer games, and videos.

Ms. Yujing Bai

Music Theory & Composition Teacher
Ms. Bai received her M.A. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in Composition and she also earned her B.A. from Shanghai Conservatory of Music in Music design and Production. She is an active contemporary composer based in the Bay Area. Her works contribute to a variety of instrumental, chamber, film, electronic, vocal and other collaborative directions. She has also worked with Hollywood film composers Roger Neill and Larry Groupe at the Palomar Film Music Workshop.

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