Composer-in-residence Carolyn Kendrick
Carolyn Kendrick will be the Conservatory's composer in residence in September 2023. An eclectic and virtuosic instrumentalist, she is a fiddler, singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, composer, and most recently, a a solo artist.
Conservatory fall 2023 event calendar available online & in print
From Ellington’s “Three Black Kings” to a residency with rising compositional star Viet Cuong, and from operetta extravaganza to Pacific’s resident artist Trio 180, the Conservatory’s fall calendar overflows with wonderfully diverse music.
Welcome Professor Robin Fisher
We are excited to introduce Robin Fisher as Professor of Practice in Voice. An accomplished soprano, an educator and a published author, she has performed in Europe and the U.S. Her students are active performers and teachers in major metropolitan centers in the U.S. and abroad.
Welcome Andrew Mell
We are excited to introduce Andrew Mell as Director of Operations and Assistant Professor of Practice in Jazz and Music Industry Studies. His experience in many facets of the music industry will advance professional activities in recording and music media production at the Conservatory.
Welcome Dr. Sonia Gaind-Krishnan
We are excited to introduce ethnomusicologist Sonia Gaind-Krishnan as Visiting Lecturer for Music History in 2023-24. Her areas of research cover diverse aspects of music and sound across multicultural demographics.
We believe the essential stories in music are ones of innovation and connection. Watch this video to learn more about Pacific’s Conservatory of Music and how our students prepare for careers in performance, composition, education, music business and music therapy.
Our celebrated faculty includes actively performing musicians whose experience provides students with a direct link to life as a professional musician today.
Academic Advising and Support
Advising in the Conservatory is a personalized mentoring experience through which faculty guide students to explore their musical and intellectual interests, learn the requirements for degree completion and discuss life after graduation.
In the Conservatory, a First Year Faculty Advisor is the first point of contact. A student will have multiple individual meetings beginning at Orientation and continuing throughout the year. Advising activities and support are incorporated through the first year Dean’s Seminar and other courses.
Members of the student’s advising network include Program Directors, Student Support Services Coordinator, Care Managers, and Career Advisors. After the first year, students change to an advisor who is a faculty member closely related to the chosen major.
The Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific prepares tomorrow’s performers, teachers, therapists, composers, scholars and music industry leaders.
Get an inside look at what it's like to be part of Pacific's dynamic Conservatory of Music by reading our blog. You'll meet students, professors and alumni and see what it's like to live, learn and perform on our beautiful campus.
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Music Industry Studies
"The best part about being a Music Industry Studies major at Pacific is getting to work with the best professors. Because class sizes are small, I am able to get close with all of my professors. I can also make really good industry connections which allow me to get hands-on experience in my field even before graduation."
— June Benoit ‘23
"The campus feels like a home where we can shape our 'noise' and ideas into definable pieces of art. It's a great place to explore new music and see a smiling face around eery corner."
— Cruz Gonzalez ’21
"The Conservatory is a fantastic environment for personal and musical growth. The faculty encourage ambitious independent projects that you would not be able to do at other schools. In my very first semester, I was able to create a student and faculty collaborative chamber series with the Assistant Dean of the Conservatory as my advisor."
— Amy Wheeler ’23
Students craft their future by exploring musical traditions and an ever-expanding range of repertoires and styles.
The University of the Pacific is a charter member of the National Association of Schools of Music and has been accredited by NASM since 1928.