Robin Estrada and the Musicality of Language

Berkeley-based Robin Estrada is an adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco and a former SFCA Composer-in-Residence. He sat down with composer Jason Carl Rosenberg at the Center for New Music to discuss the use and possibility of language in choral music, especially within the context of Estrada’s “Ecclesiastes 3”, which was commissioned by

Meet SFCA: Kala Maxym, Soprano

I arrived in the Bay Area in early 2015 deciding that New York and I had to break up. I started singing with SFCA in September and have absolutely loved the camaraderie of the group. I found the music both challenging and invigorating (who knew Welsh was so difficult!) but our director, Magen, is an

Shawn Crouch and a Renaissance of Choral Music

Shawn Crouch and a Renaissance of Choral Music

Composer Jason Carl Rosenberg interviews SFCA 2016 Composer-Not-in-Residence, Shawn Crouch, about trends in American choral music. They also discuss Crouch’s new work, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”, which was commissioned by SFCA for their December 2015 concert series, Tales from Wales: A British Christmas. Jason Carl Rosenberg: I’d like to start with a big question

John Kelley and "The Cauld, Cauld Night"

Composer Jason Carl Rosenberg interviews 2016 Composer-in-Residence John Kelley about his artistic practice and his new work, “The Cauld, Cauld Nicht”. This piece will receive its world premiere in SFCA’s upcoming concert series, Tales from Wales: A British Christmas. Jason Carl Rosenberg: You have been involved with the choir for many years as both a

Kirke Mechem at 90

SFCA recently took a few moments to catch up with composer Kirke Mechem, whose memoir Believe Your Ears: Life of a Lyric Composer was published in July 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield. Mechem, whose work has been performed by SFCA many times over the years, will be appearing at San Francisco’s BookShop West Portal for

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,