A strong foundation
The conservatory offers 11 imaginative undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as music minor options. Our courses provide a strong foundation in musicianship; supportive one-to-one instruction in instrumental, jazz, piano and voice; and a broad range of performing ensembles. In class and in our communities, we demonstrate how music is central to the world’s many economies, cultures and stories.
Our undergraduates gain experiences typically reserved for graduate students elsewhere. Whether as an operatic or musical theater lead in our productions, a member of a jazz combo or a partner in our student run Pac Ave recording label, our students grow individually as leaders and together as collaborators. If you are interested in a music major, minor or double major, either within the conservatory or in another area of study, we will help you create your path.
Our faculty includes performers, composers and scholars who are deeply committed to helping students grow as individuals, citizens and musicians. They are actively involved in renowned music organizations, programs and events in the U.S. and abroad. They are involved, collaborative and compassionate toward each other and our students, even as they set clear academic expectations.Our students often choose Pacific precisely to study with a specific mentor.
Our graduates are making music with the San Francisco Opera, at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center and internationally. They work at the intersection of the arts and technology at companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google and Universal Music Group. They help administer programs at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and they are leading scholars and music therapists throughout the U.S.
Pictured: Andy Dwan '13 (BM, Music Performance)
2019 Merola Opera Program artist
Photo: Kristen Loken
Music making is central to campus life at Pacific. Whether you are a music major or a student in another area of study, you are included. The Conservatory has a rich and varied tradition of excellence with nearly 150 performances each year by students, faculty and visiting artists. In addition to curricular music ensembles, there are also student-run and faculty artist-in-residence ensembles.
This landmark building was opened in 1927-1928. It is home to the 872-seat concert hall, faculty studios, practice rooms, and the Conservatory of Music's administration offices on the 3rd floor. We are currently in the pre-planning stages of developing a comprehensive master building plan to renovate Faye Spanos Concert Hall and expand existing facilities and add new space to replace Owen Hall.
Conservatory Student Profile
2019-20 Academic Year:
269 Total Conservatory Students
245 Undergraduate Students
24 Graduate Students
About our Undergraduates (2019-20):
60 Music Education
53 Music Performance
45 Music Therapy
40 Music Industry Studies
18 Jazz Studies
14 Music Management
10 Music Composition
5 BA in Music
About our Graduate Students (2019-20):
5 Music Education
19 Music Therapy
140 Identify as Female
126 Identify as Male
118 Identify as White, 44%
53 Identify as Hispanic, 20%
40 Identify as Asian, 15%
27 Identify as Two or More Ethnicities, 10%
18 Identify as African American, 7%
10 Identify as Unknown, 4%
International: China, Vietnam, Taiwan and Japan
Updated October 15, 2019