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, SFCA+1 to expand the repertoire for chamber choir and a single instrument, and the Wild Card Program to expand SFCA composer support.
During her tenure, San Francisco Choral Artists has premiered over 230 choral works, performed at conferences of Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association, and released three CDs: With Strings Attached (2011; in collaboration with The Alexander String Quartet and featuring 3 major works commissioned for the occasion by SFCA), Music Among Friends (2005; showcasing works of local composers, including 5 SFCA world premieres), and So Gracious Is the Time (1999; showcasing works of contemporary American composers).
An innovative teacher and conductor, Dr. 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. She taught at the University of Southern California from 2004-2010 and was Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University, served as Music Director of the Oakland Symphony Chorus for twelve years, of the Stockton Chorale and Master Chorale for four years, and currently serves as artistic director of the San Francisco Bach Choir in addition to her SFCA role. 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 commitment to presenting a wide range of new music and her eclectic approach to programming.