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

Having returned to California after many years in Hong Kong, composer and pianist Alexis Alrich’s music is influenced by West Coast Minimalism, French Impressionism, Asian music and American roots music. Her Marimba Concerto was performed by Evelyn Glennie and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and was released on a Naxos CD in 2020. Her erhu concerto Song of Eternal Regret was performed with soloist Xu Hui in Shanghai, China by the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra. 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. Other recent compositions include Sierra Rhapsody for piano and orchestra, Water Colors for oboe and strings, String Quartet No. 3 and Muse of Fire for percussion quartet. Ms. Alrich 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. She is now teaching piano and composition in the Sierra foothills town of Grass Valley.

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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. He became Emeritus Professor in 2020. His works are published by Southern Music, Earnestly Music, Hinshaw, and Selah and are recorded on Calcante, North/South, Capstone, Parma, and Navona, who recently released a CD of all his orchestral music with the Janáček Philharmonic.

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