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,

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