Jonas Wright Appointed Dean of San Francisco Conservatory of Music
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) today announces the appointment of Jonas Wright as its Dean and Chief Academic Officer. Wright, who has served as Interim Dean since earlier this summer, officially assumed the role December 1. At SFCM, he has previously served as Registrar and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs since joining the Conservatory staff in 2012.
"I am honored to appoint Jonas Wright as Dean of the Conservatory," says SFCM President David H. Stull. "His exceptional judgement and acumen as a leader and facilitator has inspired all of us and earned the comprehensive and enthusiastic endorsement of our faculty. I am very excited to work with Jonas and look forward to our many adventures together in the years ahead." "I am absolutely honored to be appointed as the Dean of SFCM, and humbled to collaborate with this tremendous faculty and administration as we strive to deliver the highest quality education to our students," says Jonas Wright. "This school is at a thrilling crossroads, poised to set a new standard in conservatory education, and I couldn't be more excited about the opportunities ahead of all of us." While serving as Registrar, Wright successfully led the initiative to move the Conservatory to online registration and grade reporting, creating a more user-friendly experience. He launched the Student Academic Enrichment Center (SAEC) in the fall of 2014, which centralized all tutoring services into one location, and expanded support services for the Conservatory's diverse student population. He was promoted to Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in 2015.
Before joining SFCM, Wright served first as Operations Manager, then as Registrar, at the Presidio Graduate School, where he established the school's first Registrar's Office. He's also held positions at the American Film Institute, supporting a student population consisting of the most driven, focused, and talented aspirants to film and television production. Since September 2016, Wright has served as Board Chair for Little Opera, an after-school arts and music program. Additionally, he's volunteered at College Track, advising, mentoring and inspiring at-risk San Francisco high school seniors as they apply for college. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Wright received his Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of Buffalo.
Founded in 1917, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) is a global destination for musical excellence, earning an international reputation for producing musicians of the highest caliber. Located in the heart of San Francisco's Civic Center, SFCM's faculty includes nearly 30 members of the San Francisco Symphony as well as Grammy Award-winning artists in fields ranging from orchestral and chamber performance to classical guitar. The Conservatory offers its 400-plus collegiate students fully accredited bachelor's and master's degrees and professional diplomas in composition and instrumental and vocal performance, as well as in newly established, groundbreaking tracks such as Technology and Applied Composition and Roots, Jazz, and American Music. SFCM's collaborations with major Bay Area arts presenters, including the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, Ballet, and SFJAZZ Center, present an unprecedented learning environment for Conservatory students to engage with the world's leading artists.
The Conservatory's relationships with Sony Playstation, Skywalker Sound, and other Silicon Valley companies also offer unique opportunities that reinforce the institution's innovative curricular approach in artistic, intellectual, professional, and individual development, a connected learning sequence that gives students an education for life. SFCM's collegiate and Pre-College students have appeared at such storied venues as Carnegie Hall and Davies Symphony Hall and have performed on national radio programs including NPR's Live from Here and Performance Today. Notable alumni include violinists Yehudi Menuhin and Isaac Stern, conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, soprano Elza van den Heever, the Naumburg Award-winning Telegraph Quartet (on faculty as SFCM's Quartet-in-Residence), Blue Bottle Coffee founder James Freeman, and Ronald Losby (President of Steinway & Sons - Americas), among others. For more information, visit sfcm.edu.