The Choral Artists perform fine choral music of all periods and cultures. But we have a special commitment to fostering the choral tradition through the showcasing and commissioning of living composers—both those with recognized, published works and new, emerging choral talent.

Our Composer-in-Residence (CiR) and Composer-Not-in-Residence (CNiR) Programs recognize and encourage choral composers. The goal of our Composer-in-Residence program is to increase the visibility and support of the many talented and prolific choral composers living in the San Francisco Bay Area whose works we have performed—to the delight of our audiences—since the inception of the Choral Artists. Our Composer-Not-in-Residence program seeks to expand our reach and increase the diversity of the music fostered and performed by the Choral Artists.

2016 Composer-in-Residence, John Kelley

Kelley-photo_2015_croppedSince 1994, SFCA has presented more than 10 works by Kelley, who sang with the ensemble for 5 years. His choral works and arrangements—which have also been performed by Yale University and many Bay Area choral ensembles such as Clerestory, the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, and The Choral Project—are notable for their soaring melodies, lush harmonies, and distinctively American sound.

2016 Composer-Not-in-Residence, Shawn Crouch

photo by Mark Kornbluth

photo by Mark Kornbluth

Crouch has received recognition from American Academy of Arts & Letters, ASCAP, BMI, Yale Univ., Meet the Composer, and others. His works have been performed and recorded by Chanticleer, Volti SF, Clerestory, Cantori New York, and Cleveland Symphony Chamber Players.Listen to Shawn Crouch’s music