About San Francisco Choral Artists
Winner of the 2019-2020 American Prize in choral performance, San Francisco Choral Artists (SFCA) are a Bay Area chamber choir with a mission to foster new American choral music and to present eclectic, imaginative programs consisting of both new works and repertoire spanning 600 years in performances of uncompromisingly high quality.
Now in our 36th season, and the 25th under the leadership of Artistic Director Magen Solomon, we strive to share our music with a wide community by informing and engaging listeners of varying backgrounds, bringing pleasure and forging new personal and intellectual musical connections. We continually pursue new ways of using our voice to connect with the hearts, minds, and spirits of music lovers.
Each season, we offer 3 concert sets consisting of 3-4 live performances in San Francisco, Oakland, Palo Alto and other Bay Area communities, and we frequently collaborate with a diverse range of ensembles and solo performers including violinist Mads Tolling, harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels Dupree, the SF Chamber Orchestra, the Alexander String Quartet, The Whole Noyse, the Galax Quartet, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Veretski Pass, and the Sonos Handbell Ensemble.
SFCA collaborates with and performs with other choral groups of diverse repertoire, size, age, and background: including the Kammerchor der Universität zu Köln and the prestigious Chamber Choir of the Academy of Arts in Berlin (Germany), and the Ateneo Chamber Singers (Philippines). We also invite high school and community choirs to join our concerts, including the Palo Alto Chamber Singers, the Young Musicians Chorus, and the Jewish Folk Chorus (engaged for our cancelled March 2020 concert set).
Periodically, SFCA also represents the Bay Area as invited guests at the conventions of nationally-recognized choral organizations such as Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association.
Artistic Director Magen Solomon
Fostering New American Choral Music
SFCA supports the work and careers of composers through a number of ongoing projects. We have premiered nearly 300 works and won the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming in both 2012 and 2015, affirming our reputation for eclectic programming and world-class performances.
The fostering of local composers and new choral music in general is a key element of SFCA’s DNA. We provide a high-quality performance forum to support composers at all career levels.
Through our Roger Nixon Living Music Initiative, we offer 6 formal programs to this end:
to increase the visibility and support of the many talented and prolific choral composers living in the San Francisco Bay Area
to expand SFCA’s reach and increase the diversity of the music fostered and performed by the Choral Artists
New Voices Project
Competition for American composers under age 30
to commission new music for chamber choir + instruments
Wild Card Program
to perform new works by composers whom SFCA admires
a periodic call for scores
San Francisco Choral Artists, a 501c(3) choral organization, is committed to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in all aspects of our organization, including (but not limited to) singers, board, staff, audience, composers, and collaborators. We recognize that western classical music has not always offered equal opportunity to all. We pledge now, and in the future, to examine our values, policies, and practices; to recognize and eliminate discrimination; and to welcome and to further the participation and access to all, particularly to members of those communities who have been historically marginalized or excluded.