Playing With Friends

Daniel Afonso is the 2015 San Francisco Choral Artists Composer-in-Residence. Writing for the San Francisco Choral Artists is the type of opportunity every composer hopes to have! An ensemble of superior musicality and exceptional technique, the SFCA always amazes me with their ability to take audiences through a kaleidoscopic musical journey that is beautiful, inspiring,

Over a Decade Ago

Over a decade ago, in a desperate attempt to find the Men’s room, I stumbled into Magen Solomon’s auditions for SFCA. Perhaps the immediacy of my necessities sweetened my voice a little or, more likely, the director probably caved to her own distress over the interruption and signed me up, wanting this strange character done

Midsummer Night Singing

Dear Friends of Choral Artists, Much glorious choral music has been written to Shakespeare texts. Hard as it was to choose, the thrill of having the talents of the fine Shakespearean actors Sarah David and Will Brown to enliven and enhance our celebration more than compensated. In lieu of spoken program notes, I am letting

Why Is New Music So Good?

by Benjamin Taylor, SFCA Composer in Residence Let me begin by stating that clearly there is plenty of old music that is good, and plenty that isn’t so good! The same is true of “New Music” as a category: plenty is good, but plenty is bad! When I ask “Why is new music so good?”,

Growing Up with San Francisco Choral Artists

In a way, I grew up with SF Choral Artists. My father, composer Roger Nixon, was a good friend of SFCA’s founder, Ralph Hooper.  I remember attending choral concerts at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco thirty years ago with Hooper conducting – I was a lot younger then.  Later, when Magen Solomon took over as

Josh Horowitz of Veretski Pass on "Lilith The Night Demon"

Lilith The Night Demon – After we had finished our last project, The Klezmer Shul, there were many bits and pieces of compositions that we had left behind, ones that didn’t make the final cut, not because of any lack of quality, but simply because they didn’t fit the format we had developed. There was