Two great artists in the domain of opera and art song will be visiting the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) to give free public master classes for student vocalists during the first two weeks of this month. The first is pianist Martin Katz, who has had a 40-year career of accompanying major singers such as Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, and David Daniels. He has also spent several years with the Merola Opera Program as both coach and conductor. For his visit to SFCM he will coach vocal students from the keyboard. Katz’ session will be followed a few days later by a visit from bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, who is currently singing the role of the Dutchman in the San Francisco Opera production of Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.
Both of these master classes will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the SFCM Concert Hall. Katz’ will be held on November 7, followed by Grimsley’s on November 11. Both of these events are free and open to the general public, but reservations will be required for Grimsley’s class. Reservations may be made through the Box Office, which is located in the SFCM lobby at 50 Oak Street. They may also be made by calling 415-503-6275 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.