San Francisco Choral Artists is a 24-voice chamber ensemble specializing in innovative programming, performance excellence, and fostering the work of living composers. SFCA has premiered over 230 works and won the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming in 2012 and again in 2015, affirming its reputation for eclectic programming and stunning performances of music spanning 600 years.
Through our Roger Nixon Living Music Initiative, SFCA supports living composers and the creation of new music in programs such as our New Voices Project for composers under 30, Composer-in-Residence and Not-in-Residence programs, Composers Invitational, and SFCA+1 Artist Project. We also actively seek to encourage and develop young student composers through student-composer outreach programs.
The Choral Artists offer audiences three to four concert sets per season in locations across the San Francisco Bay Area, showcasing new works by living composers programmed alongside masterworks and favorites from the choral repertoire.
While SFCA performs mostly unaccompanied, we also cultivate unusual collaborations and have performed with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Alexander String Quartet, Composers Inc., Veretski Pass klezmer trio, and The Whole Noyse early music wind band, and others.
To fulfill our mission to living composers, local composers, and young composers, in a typical two seasons SFCA will perform:
- 30 world premiere works
- 30 works by local Bay Area composers
- 20 works by USA composers living outside the Bay Area
- 20 works by composers under age 30, including student composers
To enrich the diversity of our programs, most seasons include works in at least 8 languages.
To fulfill our mission to inspire a love of choral music among young people, SFCA collaborates with local high schools and colleges. We have partnered with SF Conservatory of Music, SF School of the Arts, UC Berkeley New Music Project, University of San Francisco, University of the Pacific, Santa Clara University, and Crowden School of Music, among others. As guests at the Chorus America Conference in 2011 and three American Choral Directors Association conventions, we have touched over 2000 additional students.