Composers-in- and Not-in-Residence

The Choral Artists perform fine choral music of all periods and cultures. But the ensemble has 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.

SFCA’s Composer-in-Residence (CiR) and Composer-Not-in-Residence (CNiR) Programs recognize and encourage choral composers. The goal of the 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 the Choral Artists have performed—to the delight of audiences—since the inception of the Choral Artists. The Composer-Not-in-Residence program seeks to expand SFCA’s reach and increase the diversity of the music fostered and performed by the Choral Artists.

Composer-in-Residence, Elinor Armer

Elinor Armer was born in Oakland, grew up in Davis, and went to Mills College and San Francisco State University, studying composition with Darius Milhaud, Leon Kirchner, and Roger Nixon, and piano with Alexander Libermann. In 1985 she established the Composition Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and served as chair for eleven years. Armer has performed and lectured throughout the country, and her works are performed regularly in the United States and abroad.

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Composer-Not-in-Residence, Paul Chihara

Paul Chihara has composed scores for more than 100 motion picture films and television, founded the UCLA Visual Media graduate program, and teaches Film Scoring at NYU. He received his doctorate from Cornell University, and also studied with Nadia Boulanger, Ernst Pepping, and Gunther Schuller. He was composer in residence at SF Ballet from 1973 to 1986, and has received the Fulbright and Guggenheim awards, and commissions from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, Juilliard Ensemble, and numerous others.

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