A graduate music recital is a win-win. Students (and their families) bask in the spotlight and strut their stuff in individual and group graduation concerts. Meanwhile, music lovers enjoy excellent free performances and get the opportunity to discover stars of the future for themselves.
Here are a few examples from among dozens of upcoming concerts at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Jonathan Szin, clarinet
Southern California native Szin, a Hungarian-American who has been studying clarinet since age 8, moved to the Bay Area to be coached by Luis Baez of the San Francisco Symphony. He also teaches clarinet and works as a marketing intern with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.
His program includes Debussy’s “Girl with Flaxen Hair,” Martin’s “Sonatina,” Schumann’s “Fairy Tales” and Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata. [8 p.m. April 16]
Kate Allen, mezzo-soprano
The Irish-born Allen, winner of the 2010 San Francisco district title of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, is a student of master teacher César Ulloa and doing postgraduate studies on a Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation scholarship.
Her program includes arias by Handel, Cilea and Bellini and songs by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Mahler. [8 p.m. April 20]
Maya Kherani, soprano
With a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University in mechanical engineering, and minors in materials science, robotics and intelligent systems, Kherani is aspiring to a singing career, and she is a student of Pamela Fry in the vocal performance master program. Locally, she already has made her mark in the conservatory’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” and Ensemble Paralèlle’s “Four Saints in Three Acts.”
Her recital includes arias by Vivaldi, Purcell, Dominick Argento, Mohammed Fairouz, Bizet and Richard Strauss. [5 p.m. April 22]
Laure Struber, piano
French-born Struber’s unusual résumé boasts a Fulbright scholarship, martial arts and — at age 24 — two decades of piano experience. She also plays harpsichord, fortepiano and “some minuets on the viola.” A winner of the piano department’s Marina Grin Award for “good citizenship, fine pianism and selfless contribution to the musical world,” she is working on her master’s degree with Mack McCray.
Her program includes Bach’s English Suite in D minor, Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 110 and Ravel’s “Miroirs.” [5 p.m. April 28]
Sydne-Mychal Sullivan, oboe
The acclaimed principal oboist in the conservatory orchestra says she was named after professional basketball player Mychal Thompson because her mother — who grew up in Arkansas, where people go by their first and middle names — likes boys’ names for girls and unusual spellings.
Her recital includes Strauss’ Oboe Concerto, accompanied by the conservatory chamber orchestra, directed by San Francisco Symphony principal bassoonist Stephen Paulson. The concert also features pianist Xiyan Wang and bassoonist Kris King. [8 p.m. April 29]