Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here’s your chance to voice your opinions in a public forum!

From the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM):
Some of the nation’s top music critics will convene in San Francisco to discuss, reflect, and pass on their craft at The Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism hosted by the SFCM November 5-10. In events centered around public performances presented by Cal Performances, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Opera, and the San Francisco Symphony, distinguished journalists will deliver lectures, hold discussions, and offer critiques of reviews by 18 aspiring young writers from five schools across the country and award a $10,000 Rubin Prize in Music Criticism to a student whose work rises above a critical threshold set by the experts.

Members of the public are invited to unleash their own inner critics by competing for the $1,000 Everyone’s a Critic Audience Review Prize. Audience members who attend one or more of the four Institute-affiliated performances may submit a review via the institute’s website. Just like pros, they’ll be held to a deadline that falls on the morning following each concert.

The 2014 Rubin Institute Writers Panel includes Anne Midgette of the Washington Post; Tim Page, professor of journalism and music at the University of Southern California; writer and arts critic John Rockwell; Alex Ross of The New Yorker; Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal; and Rubin Institute benefactor Stephen Rubin, President and Publisher of Henry Holt & Co. The New York Times chief music critic Anthony Tommasini will give the keynote address. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle will be critic-in-residence and chair the Everyone’s a Critic Audience Review Prize judging panel, which also includes Steven Winn, freelance writer and critic; Wynne Delacoma, freelance arts writer, lecturer and music critic; and Robert Commanday, founding editor of San Francisco Classical Voice.A detailed schedule of Rubin Institute events and information about the Everyone’s A Critic Audience Review Prize can be found at