San Francisco Conservatory of Music 1201 Ortega St. San Francisco, CA 94122 The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is the only major independent conservatory of music in the western United States.
Director, Electronic Music and Recording Studios; Composition; Acoustics Alden Jenks presides over the synthesizers and other state-of-the-art equipment in the E.L. Wiegand Electronic Composition Studio. Jenks received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied composition with Andrew Imbrie. He also studied composition with Karlheinz Stockhausen and electronic music with David Tudor. He is the co-founder of Deus ex Machina and Altered Media Digital Synthesis Project, and the former co-director of the Composers Forum. His music has been widely performed. His works Nagasaki and Marrying Music won awards in 1983 at the Bourges Electronic Music and Viotti-Valsesia International Music Competitions, respectively.
E.L. Wiegand Computer Laboratory The Wiegand Computer Laboratory for students includes six Macintosh LC computers, six Roland D-5 synthesizers, a laser writer printer and software for word processing, music notation, and playback, as well as customized software for the Conservatory's ear-training programs. Three computer programs were designed by Conservatory faculty member Scott Foglesong for use in the lab: ClefTutor for training in reading the C Clefs, HarmonyTutor for interactive harmonic ear-training, RhythmTutor for performance and dictation of rhythm, and ChoraleTutor, which composes short chorales for the student to notate.
E.L. Wiegand Electronic Composition Studio Recent advances in the field of electronic composition have been incorporated into the E.L. Wiegand Electronic Composition Studio. Student composers have access to many of the latest electronic tools including computer control of digital samplers and synthesizers. Film and video scoring are made possible through synchronization of the computer, a video recorder, and a multi-track audio recorder. Ongoing development of this facility reflects the Conservatory's commitment to modern composition media.
Director, New Music Ensemble; Co-chair, Department of Musicianship; Theory; Studies in Musical Analysis Joan Gallegos received a B.A. from Stanford University and studied piano with Marcus Gordon at the University of California at Berkeley, where she also studied composition with Arnold Elston and Seymour Shifrin. She was a participant at the Harvard University seminar on contemporary music in 1968. Gallegos performed with the SF Conservatory's New Music Ensemble under Howard Hersh, Robert Moran, and John Adams, whom she later succeeded as director. She was Bay Area coordinator of the 1976 Music West festival, a Pacific Coast bicentennial New Music celebration; coordinated the Conference on String Quartets by Women Composers at the SF Conservatory in 1981; and was festival coordinator of the SF Conservatory's Chamber Music West festival 1980-1991.
New Music Ensemble
Joan Gallegos The purpose of the New Music Ensemble is to involve students in the classical music of their own time. Members of the Ensemble, who are accepted by audition, perform a variety of works written in the twentieth century in several major concerts each year. The works range from twentieth-century "classics" to brand new works by contemporary composers. Personal contact with composers is provided when possible. In addition, several concerts and readings of works by student composers are presented each year. Please see additional opportunities under New Music Studies.
The New Music Ensemble Joan Gallegos, director Music of the 20th century Friday, January 26, 8 pm Thursday, February 15, 8 pm Thursday, March 14, 8 pm Friday, April 12, 8 pm Friday, May 3, 8 pm
Composition The New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the San Francisco Opera have each commissioned works by composer Andrew Imbrie. His works are in the repertoire of orchestras and chamber groups throughout the U.S. and Europe. His senior thesis at Princeton was recorded by the Juilliard 101 Quartet and he twice won Guggenheim Fellowships for composition. Imbrie studied with Leo Ornstein, Roger Sessions, Nadia Boulanger, and Robert Casadesus. He received an M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught from 1949 to 1991. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is on the board of directors of the Koussevitzky Foundation, and was on the board of governors of the SF Symphony 1982-1991.