The SFCA+1 program aims to enlarge the repertoire for chamber choir and a single instrument. Each season SFCA selects a guest instrumentalist, and commissions one or more composers to create a new work for the combined forces of the SFCA chamber choir and the guest instrumentalist.
2016 SFCA+1 Guest Artist
Galax Quartet Baroque-contemporary string players
2016 SFCA+1 composers
California native Ted Allen spent his youth enthusiastically participating in choirs, marching bands and rock bands at high school in Newport Beach and at Pomona College. After completing his training at the Yale School of Music, he worked in the music business for a diverse clientele that included both the New York City Ballet and Metallica. He is currently in the tenth year of his “second career,” teaching high school bands and orchestras. His music has been performed by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Mitch Leigh Big Band, the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine Wind Band, San Francisco Choral Artists, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the San Jose Choral Project and numerous high school ensembles. Many of his compositions reflect his California upbringing in their invocation of western musical traditions and history, particularly the vocal works; “Western Meadowlark”, “Coyote Song/¡Ay Susanita!” and “Going Out Tonight” as well as the violin solo, “Cattle Ranch Moon.”
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Composer and performer on the viola da gamba, Roy Whelden has been called "a key figure in the world of new music" (Early Music America). He has been profiled as a composer and gambist on Minnesota Public Radio. He has made many recordings including the award winning Shock of the Old, and Galax - music for viola da gamba (New Albion 059) as well as Like a Passing River (New Albion 072). (These are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.) He has performed and recorded with many internationally known ensembles, including Sequentia, American Baroque and Ensemble Alcatraz.
Robinson McClellan is a composer, teacher, scholar, and concert presenter. Audiences have heard his music via commissioners, performers and venues including the Albany, Ft. Worth, and Knox-Galesburg Symphonies, the Museum of Biblical Art (NYC), Amsterdam’s Gaudeamus Competition, the Monteverdi Kamerkoor Utrecht, Nektarios Antoniou’s Greek Byzantine Choir, Yale Schola Cantorum, the Hudson Opera House, Macalester Concert Choir, Moira Smiley and VOCO, Trio Eos, and many others. He has received residencies and awards from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, and Vassar College. His choral music is published by See-a-Dot Music Publishing, NCCO's choral music series, and Music by Heart, a hymnal.
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Previous SFCA+1 Composers & Guest Artists
2015 Frederick Himebaugh, composer; Mads Tolling, jazz-classical violinist