SFCA Artistic Director since 1995, Magen Solomon avidly cultivates engagements with living composers to bridge the gulf between audience, composer, and performer. Under her leadership SFCA has established the Composer-in- and Not-in-Residence programs, the Composers Invitational, the New Voices Project competition to help launch the artistic careers of young composers under age 30, and the SFCA+1 Artist Project to expand the repertoire for chamber choir and a single instrument.
During her tenure, San Francisco Choral Artists has premiered over 210 choral works, performed at conferences of Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association, and released three CDs: With Strings Attached (2011), Music Among Friends (2005), and So Gracious Is the Time (1999).
An innovative teacher and conductor, Solomon is active across the US and abroad as clinician, teacher, and guest conductor, and she has collaborated on performances of major choral works with Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Nicolas McGegan, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Helmuth Rilling, among others. Dr. Solomon is also Artistic Director of the San Francisco Bach Choir, and has been Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University. She taught at the University of Southern California from 2004-2010, and served as Music Director of the Oakland Symphony Chorus for twelve years, and of the Stockton Chorale and Master Chorale for four years. She is editor of the New Voices In Research column in the ACDA’s Choral Journal, and has published a scholarly edition of 16th-century German partsongs.
Audiences, composers, singers, and students are fortunate to enjoy the fruits of her unique programming and her commitment to presenting a wide range of excellent new music.