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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. They present eclectic, imaginative programs of new works and repertoire spanning 600 years in performances of uncompromisingly high quality. Each season, SFCA offers three concert sets consisting of three live performances in San Francisco, Oakland, Palo Alto and other Bay Area communities. They have collaborated with a diverse range of musicians, including jazz 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, and the Sonos Handbell Ensemble. SFCA has also performed with the Chamber Choir of the Academy of Arts in Berlin (Germany), and the Ateneo Chamber Singers (Philippines).

Magen Solomon, Artistic Director
Artistic Director since 1995, Magen Solomon avidly works with living composers to bridge the gulf between audience, composer, and performer and helps to foster the careers of choral composers near and far, emerging and established. Active nationally as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, Dr. Solomon is also Artistic Director of the San Francisco Bach Choir, has taught at UC-Berkeley, USC, and other colleges and universities, and directed the Oakland Symphony Chorus for twelve years. Dr. Solomon has collaborated on performances of major choral works with Michael Tilson Thomas, Nicolas McGegan, Michael Morgan, Helmuth Rilling, and Kent Nagano among others.

Veretski Pass
Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. The trio plays Old Country Music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. Their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10-best recording lists of journalists since 2002. More at www.veretskipass.com.

Alexis Alrich , SFCA Composer-in-Residence
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.

Timothy Kramer, SFCA Composer-Not-in-Residence
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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San Francisco Choral Artists
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San Francisco Choral Artists in Concert
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SFCA Artistic Director, Magen Solomon
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2019-2020 Composer-in-Residence
Alexis Alrich
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2019-2020 Composer-Not-in-Residence
Timothy Kramer
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