As the 2014-15 season gets underway, I'll be writing program notes and giving pre-concert lectures for a variety of institutions, including the San Francisco Symphony and the California Symphony.

I'll be back at the Fromm in the Winter of 2015, for a class called "Music as Mirror." Stay tuned...


I have taught Music 27 - Introduction to Music for 21 years now for the Fall Freshman Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Again this fall I'm shepherding a group of undergraduates through the glories of the Western musical tradition.

I maintain a personal blog called Free Composition. The blog covers a wide range of topics, even sometimes music, so check it out frequently.


Peripheral Pianism

I may have been raised and trained as a pianist, but my relationship with the instrument has been rocky at best. Only during a very limited period of my life did the piano become really central to my career as a musician, but that unnatural attachment led soon enough to an all-stops meltdown. For the past fifteen years I have had the career I want to have, and not the one people told me I was supposed to have. That career includes the piano only peripherally; I play the occasional recital, and that's about it.

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About Scott Foglesong

Scott Foglesong is a pianist, musician, teacher, writer, cat-lover, music history devotée, occasional computer geek and sometime programmer. He has been on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1978; nowadays he serves as a department chair in addition to enjoying the honor of educating some of today's most promising young musicians. In 2008 he was named recipient of the Sarlo Family Foundation Award for excellence in teaching. He has taught Music 27 (Introduction to Music) for the Fall Freshman program at UC Berkeley since 1991, is associated with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, both as a Contributing Writer and as an "Inside Music" lecturer for the Symphony's weekly subscription concerts, and is Program Annotator and Scholar in Residence for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Professor Foglesong was formally educated at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the San Francisco Conservatory, but his informal education continues everywhere, without cease.

Summer 2014

It's summer! I'm taking a few months off, thank you very much.

I took a week off in Carmel. Here are some selected pictures from the trip, which included jaunts to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos, Big Sur, and some of the various state beaches and parks along the Monterey Peninsula.

However, I can be read at the New Hampshire Music Festival, from mid-July through mid-August; I am the program annotator.

I will also be appearing at the Festival on August 7 and 9th, speaking about the Verdi Requiem.

Next season/academic year will be a busy one, so I'll have plenty to add to the site in due course.