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, Alexis Alrich

Composer and pianist Alexis Alrich’s music is influenced by West Coast Minimalism, French Impressionism, Asian music and American roots music. Her style is melodic, creating a musical narrative with lively rhythms and colorful timbres. 

Her Marimba Concerto was performed by Evelyn Glennie and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. The Bachtrack classical music website reviewed Evelyn Glennie’s performance: “…an electric performance of composer Alexis Alrich’s Marimba Concerto...this action-packed piece injected fresh energy into the whole room…it stole the show.” 

Her erhu concerto Song of Eternal Regret was performed with soloist Xu Hui in Shanghai, China by the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra.

Her choral compositions include Canticle of the Sun, premiered by Schola Cantorum in San Francisco, and Maine Suite for large mixed chorus, commissioned by the American Composers Forum. 

As a pianist, Ms. Alrich also plays and composes chamber music. Recent compositions include Air from the Forest for solo piano, Water Colors for oboe and strings, String Quartet No. 3 and Muse of Fire for percussion quartet.

Ms. Alrich collaborates frequently with Cambodian choreographer Charya Burt, writing original dance scores as well as transcriptions of traditional Cambodian music. 

The Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic premiered her piece Avenues in 1991, which has been since performed numerous times. She taught music composition in the Preparatory Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for 18 years and was a founding member and pianist for the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. 

Her music is published by Alto Productions in Bristol, England.

Visit Alexis Alrich's web site

Composer-Not-in-Residence, Timothy Kramer

Timothy Kramer's works have been performed throughout the world by groups such as the Indianapolis, Detroit, Tacoma, and San Antonio Symphony Orchestras, North/South Consonance, the SOLI Ensemble, the ONIX Ensemble, the Detroit Chamber Winds, Luna Nova, and Ensemble Mise-en.  He has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, the MacDowell Colony, Meet the Composer, BMI, ASCAP, and the AGO, and commissions from the Midwest Clinic, the Utah Arts Festival, and the Detroit Chamber Winds, among others. His degrees are from Pacific Lutheran University (B.M.) and the University of Michigan (M.M., D.M.A.), and he was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany.  Originally from Washington State, he taught at Trinity University in San Antonio for 19 years, where he also founded CASA (Composers Alliance of San Antonio).  In 2010 he became Chair of the Music Department at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and was named the Edward Capps Professor of Humanities in 2013.  His works are published by Southern Music, Earnestly Music, Hinshaw, and Selah and are recorded on Calcante, North/South, Capstone, and Parma, who will soon release a CD of all his orchestral music with the Janáček Philharmonic.

Visit Timothy Kramer's web site