1. Admissions

Meet Admission

We’ve been in your shoes.

We went to music school—and loved it so much that we haven't left. We dedicate our days to helping musicians join an educational community that enables them to grow as artists beyond their expectations. At night, we still take an occasional music gig.

Contact Admissions

  • Melissa Cocco-Mitten

    Assistant Dean of Admission

    With a background in Early Music—recorder and voice—and literature/creative writing (BM/BA Oberlin and MM IU Jacobs School of Music), I have led the admission team at SFCM since 2009. I grew up in the San Juan Islands, WA, and the Puglia region of Italy. I enjoy working with SFCM faculty to identify musicians who will thrive at the Conservatory and making it possible for these students to attend. My outside interests include cooking, independent/foreign cinema, and travel.

  • Steve Castles

    Director of Admission

    A native of Chicago, I moved to San Francisco to pursue my master’s degree in Trumpet Performance here at SFCM after completing my bachelor’s degree at DePaul University. As an alum of SFCM, I am very passionate about helping students discover the exciting opportunities we offer to prepare them for their future. Outside of my musical life, I enjoy cooking, exploring the beauty of the Bay Area, and photography.

  • Jason Lawrence

    Associate Director of Admission

    Originally from Florida's Space Coast, I double-majored in music education (BME) and trombone performance (BM) at Florida State University’s College of Music, and completed the Master of Music program at SFCM. After graduating from the Conservatory, I freelanced throughout the Bay Area before working in a succession of roles at Stanford University. Returning to the Conservatory in 2015 has been a thrilling opportunity for me to continue sharing my passion for music and learning with inspired musicians from around the world.

Student Assistants

  • Alexandra Gilliam
    MM Voice
  • Madeline Jarzembak
    MM Harp
  • Cynthia Ryan
    MM Viola
  • Evan Kahn
    MM Chamber Music
  • Jasmine Yu
    MM Viola
  • Steven Kane
    MM Guitar

Mailing Address

Office of Admission
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


We are here to help, so please let us know if you have any questions about SFCM. Or better yet, come in for a tour and see it for yourself!


For general questions or to schedule a tour, please contact the Office of Admission: admit@sfcm.edu | 800-899-SFCM

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