SFCCO’s News

ACROSS TIME AND SPACE

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO COMPOSERS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
and Old First Concerts Present:

“ACROSS TIME AND SPACE”

Saturday June 7th, 2014 at 8 pm Old First Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento Street/Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94109

$17 General, $14 Seniors (65 and older), $5 Full Time Students (Children 12 and under are free)

Tickets are available through the Old First Concerts Box Office at (415) 474-1608, online at http://oldfirstconcerts.org and at the door. For more information, please call Old First Concerts box office.

SAN FRANCISCOMay 7, 2014 —-

3-2-1-Liftoff to places near and far as San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra travels Across Time and Space – 8pm, June 7, Old First Concerts (1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA).  Featured otherworldly travelers include Roberto Becheri, offering Bridges, which evokes the past and present of Florence’s Ponte Vecchio and the Golden Gate Bridge.  John Beeman will then have us traveling back in time to the last Native American, previously untouched by Western Civilization, as Ishi Emerges.  Also showcased will be the atmospheric Two Songs for Tenor and Orchestra, by Brian Holmes, and a soaring string works graced by flute, from Martha Stoddard.  The program is rounded out by new celestial works of Michael Cooke and Davide Verotta: the improvisatory-geometrical Triangles and anagramatic-tricksterish Rehem.

 

CALENDAR EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

WHO: San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra
WHAT: New Music premieres for orchestra by Bay Area composers
WHERE: Old First Church 1751 Sacramento Street/Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94109
WHEN: 8pm Saturday June 7th, 2013
TICKETS: $17 General, $14 Seniors (65 and older), $5 Full Time Students (Children 12 and under are free)

FELLOW TRAVELERS

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO COMPOSERS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
and Old First Concerts Present:

“FELLOW TRAVELERS”

Saturday November 9th, 2013 at 8 pm Old First Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento Street/Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94109

$17 General, $14 Seniors (65 and older), $5 Full Time Students (Children 12 and under are free)

Tickets are available through the Old First Concerts Box Office at (415) 474-1608, online at http://oldfirstconcerts.org and at the door. For more information, please call Old First Concerts box office.

SAN FRANCISCOOctober 9, 2013 —-

SONIC-IST MANIFESTO

By ALLBERGER MARKS and

FEDERATED ANGELS

Fellow Musical Travelers of all countries, unite!

You have nothing to lose but your chords.

You have a world to win.

 A SPECTRE is haunting America — the spectre of New Music. All the powers of old Art have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre; Popular and Classical Establishments, Dancing with the Stars and American Idol, French Neo-Neoclassicism and German Post-Post-Serialism.

Where is the New-Music Composer in opposition who has not been decried by opponents in power? Where is the Opposition that has not hurled back the branding reproach of New Music, against the more advanced opposition parties, as well as against its reactionary adversaries?

Two things result from this fact:

I. New Music is already acknowledged to still be around.

II. It is high time that Mark Alburger, Philip Freihofner, Eduard Prosek, Lisa Scola Prosek, David Sprung, and Davide Verotta of San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra should openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the Spectre of New Music with a Manifesto of their 8pm, November 9th, 2013, concert Fellow Travelers.  To this end, six New Works in Various Styles will call for a Variety of Assemblages of Musicians at Old First Concerts.

Comrade Verotta will lead the charge with Invitation, a solo piano work as a bridge to his larger-scale Il Ponte.  He then may be openly in collaboration with Oboist-Composer-Collaborationist Philip Freihofner for this latter’s Filled with Moonlight, a top-secret exercise in enchantment.  The ranks will subsequently strengthen for the revolution of Fellow Traveler David Sprung’s Haiku, where the dulcet tones of tenor are set against demonstrative demonstrations of wind quintet and piano.

Party Leader Scola Prosek takes up music of the people (specifically the Essalen of Central California) in excerpts from her award-winning new opera The Lariat, featuring soprano Desirae Harp.  This will be followed by Life-of-the Party Eduard Prosek, in his 40,000-hits-on-YouTube The Curse, for a cursed number of instrumentalists in chains.  Wrapping up the rally will be Chairman Mark Alburger’s Double Piano Concerto (“Fellow Travellers”), with duo-soloist rebellious teen-age sons Gabriel and Eytan Schillinger-Hyman often performing against obbligato-cellist establishment new-age mom Ariella Hyman, for a Poulencian-inspired romp guaranteed to promote insurgency.

Fellow audience Travelers of all counties, listen!

You have nothing to lose but your sensibilities.

You have a universe of sonic opportunities to explore.

 

CALENDAR EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

WHO: San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra
WHAT: New Music premieres for orchestra by Bay Area composers
WHERE: Old First Church 1751 Sacramento Street/Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94109
WHEN: 8pm Saturday November 9th, 2013
TICKETS: $17 General, $14 Seniors (65 and older), $5 Full Time Students (Children 12 and under are free)

2013-2014 Concert Dates

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO COMPOSERS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Announces its 2013-2014 concert dates

Old First Concerts/Presbyterian Church

1751 Sacramento Street/Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94109

Tickets are available through the Old First Concerts Box Office at (415) 474-1608,

online at http://oldfirstconcerts.org and at the door.

 

$17 General, $14 Seniors (65 and older), $5 Full Time Students (Children 12 and under are free)

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 @ Old First Concerts

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 @ Old First Concerts

Saturday, October 4th, 2014 @ Old First Concerts


SFCCO was founded by composers with a mission to build new audiences of new music in San Francisco while cultivating local composers writing for traditional orchestra.

2012-2013 Concert Dates

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO COMPOSERS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Announces its 2012-2013 concert dates

Old First Concerts/Presbyterian Church

1751 Sacramento Street/Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94109

Tickets are available through the Old First Concerts Box Office at (415) 474-1608,

online at http://oldfirstconcerts.org and at the door.

 

Lick- Wilmerding High School Auditorium

755 Ocean Ave  San Francisco, CA 94112

$20 General, $5-15 sliding scale for Seniors (65 and older) & Students

Saturday, October 20th, 2012 @ Old First Concerts

Saturday, May 4th, 2013 @ Lick- Wilmerding High School Auditorium


SFCCO was founded by composers with a mission to build new audiences of new music in San Francisco while cultivating local composers writing for traditional orchestra.

2011-2012 Concert Dates

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO COMPOSERS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Announces its 2011-2012 concert dates

Old First Concerts/Presbyterian Church

1751 Sacramento Street/Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94109

Tickets are available through the Old First Concerts Box Office at (415) 474-1608,

online at http://oldfirstconcerts.org and at the door.

Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA

Tickets will be available at the door for Chapel of the Chimes concert.

$17 General, $14 Seniors (65 and older), $14 Full Time Students

Saturday, October 15th, 2011 @ Old First Concerts

Sunday, October 16th, 2011 @ Chapel of the Chimes


Saturday, June 9th, 2012  @ Old First Concerts

SFCCO was founded by composers with a mission to build new audiences of new music in San Francisco while cultivating local composers writing for traditional orchestra.

2010-2011 Concert Dates

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO COMPOSERS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Announces its 2010-2011 concert dates at Old First Concerts

Old First Concerts/Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento Street/Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94109
$17 General, $14 Seniors (65 and older), $14 Full Time Students
Tickets are available through the Old First Concerts Box Office at (415) 474-1608,
online at http://oldfirstconcerts.org and at the door.


Saturday, September 25th, 2010 @ Old First Concerts

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 Season Finale @ Old First Concerts

SFCCO was founded by composers with a mission to build new audiences of new music in San Francisco while cultivating local composers writing for traditional orchestra.

KFJC’s Cousin Mary interviews SFCCO Composers

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

On February  14th, 2010, SFCCO composers Mark Alburger, Michael Cooke, Philip Freihofner & Davide Verotta went to KFJC studio’s to do live in person interviews about SFCCO. Long time KFJC DJ Cousin Mary hosted the show and conducted the interview. Cousin Mary & KFJC has graciously allowed us to repost the 42 minute interview on our site.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Download

2009-2010 concert dates

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO COMPOSERS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Announces its 2009-2010 concert dates at Chapel of the Chimes & Old First Concerts

Old First Concerts/Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento Street/Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94109
$15 General, $12 Seniors (65 and older), $12 Full Time Students
Tickets are available through the Old First Concerts Box Office at (415) 474-1608,
online at http://oldfirstconcerts.org and at the door.

Chapel of the Chimes
4499 Piedmont Ave Oakland, CA 94611
$15 General, $10 Seniors (65 and older), $10 Full Time Student

The Science of Fantasy: SFCCO at The Chapel of the Chimes! Saturday, November 7th, 2009 Season Opener @ Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland

Saturday, February 20th, 2010 @ Old First Concerts

Saturday, June 12th, 2010 Season Finale @ Old First Concerts

SFCCO was founded by composers with a mission to build new audiences of new music in San Francisco while cultivating local composers writing for traditional orchestra.

2008-2009 concert season

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
 

SAN FRANCISCO COMPOSERS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Announces its 2008-2009 concert dates at Old First Concerts

Old First Concerts/Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento Street/Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94109
$15 General, $12 Seniors (65 and older), $12 Full Time Students
Tickets are available through the Old First Concerts Box Office at (415) 474-1608, online at http://oldfirstconcerts.org and at the door.

 
 

November 8th, 2008 Season Opener

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

 Saturday, June 13th, 2009 Season Finale

SFCCO was founded by composers with a mission to build new audiences of new music in San Francisco while cultivating local composers writing for traditional orchestra.

 

Certificate of Honor from the city of San Francisco

Saturday, September 15th, 2007
Certificate of Honor from the city of San Francisco

Certificate of Honor from the city of San Francisco


The SFCCO recieves a Certificate of Honor from the city of San Francisco in recognition of five years of performing new music by composer-performers from the San Francisco Bay Area. This was presented to the SFCCO at their season opening concert on September 15th, 2007.

Dr. Mark Alburger (b. 1957, Upper Darby, PA) is a multiple-award-winning ASCAP composer of postminimal, postpopular, and postcomedic sensibilities. His compositions are generally assembled or gridded over pieces ranging from ancient and world music, to postmodern art and vernacular sources -- 174 opus numbers (markalburgerworks.blogspot.com), including 16 concertos, 20 operas, 9 symphonies, and the four-hours-and-counting opera-oratorio work-in-progress, The Bible. He is Music Director of San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra (sfcco.org) and San Francisco Cabaret Opera / Goat Hall Productions (goathall.org), Editor-Publisher of 21st-Century Music Journal (21st-centurymusic.blogspot.com and 21st-centurymusic.com), Instructor in Music Literature and Theory at Diablo Valley and St. Mary's Colleges, and Music Critic for Commuter Times. He studied at Swarthmore College (B.A.) with Gerald Levinson and Joan Panetti, Dominican University (M.A., Composition) with Jules Langert, Claremont Graduate University (Ph.D., Musicology) with Roland Jackson, and privately with Terry Riley. Alburger writes daily at markalburger2009.blogspot.com and is in the fifth year of an 11-year project recording his complete works for New Music Publications and Recordings.

Alexis Alrich is presently living in Hong Kong but visits the Bay Area frequently. Her Marimba Concerto, which was presented by the SFCCO, will be played by the Plymouth Symphony in Plymouth, Michigan in 2009 with conductor Nan Washburn. Her piece Island of the Blue Dolphins was performed by the Santa Barbara Symphony on January 19, 2007. She attended an artists' colony in 2007, I-Park in Connecticut, where she wrote Fragile Forests II: Cambodia, next in the series after Fragile Forests I: California Oaks, which was premiered in December 2006 by the San Francisco Composers Orchestra. As one of the winners of a Continental Harmony grant from the American Composers Forum she has written a piece for chorus, orchestra and soloists for the state of Maine. Avenues, her first orchestra piece, was premiered by the Women's Philharmonic and has been played around the country. Her chamber compositions have been performed by members of the San Francisco ballet, opera and symphony orchestras and ensembles including Bay Brass, City Winds, the Ahlert and Schwab guitar and mandolin duo in Germany, the Ariel Ensemble, New Release Alliance and Earplay in San Francisco. Ms. Alrich is the director of the John Adams Young Composers program in Berkeley, California. This is an intensive training program for composers ages 9-18 in honor of and under the aegis of John Adams.

The multi-instrumentalist Michael Cooke is a composer of jazz and classical music. This two-time Emmy, ASCAPLUS Award and Louis Armstrong Jazz Award winner plays a variety of instruments: you can hear him on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, flute, soprano and bass clarinets, bassoon and percussion. A cum laude graduate with a music degree from the University of North Texas, he had many different areas of study; jazz, ethnomusicology, music history, theory and of course composition. In 1991 Michael began his professional orchestral career performing in many north Texas area symphonies. Michael has played in Europe, Mexico, and all over the United States. Cimarron Music Press began published many of Michael's compositions in 1994. After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, he has been exploring new paths in improvised and composed music, mixing a variety of styles and techniques that draw upon the creative energy of a multicultural experience, both in and out of America. In 1999, Michael started a jazz label called Black Hat Records (blackhatrecords.com) and is currently on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. The San Francisco Beacon describes Michael's music as "flowing out color and tone with a feeling I haven't heard in quite a while. Michael plays with such dimension and flavor that it sets (his) sound apart from the rest." Uncompromising, fiery, complex, passionate, and cathartic is how the All Music Guide labeled Michael's playing on Searching by Cooke Quartet, Statements by Michael Cooke and The Is by CKW Trio. His latest release, An Indefinite Suspension of The Possible, is an unusual mixture of woodwinds, trombone, cello, koto and percussion, creating a distinct synergy in improvised music that has previously been untapped.

David Graves has been writing orchestral works since 2003 and has been a resident composer with the Berkeley Symphony since 2007. He studied composition at the University of Nebraska as well the SF Conservatory and City College of SF. He writes "neoclassical," ambient, jazz, and rock pieces, and has also scored music for film and theater. In 2003 David was awarded the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellowship with the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. His large-scale ambient piece, tree/sigh, was installed in a redwood canyon during Djerassi's 2003 Open House and became Deciduous, a surround-sound performance in 2006. Human Street Textures used collected street sounds from the outside of a moving double-decker bus while David modified and merged these with prerecorded works in real time, part of the 2008 Soundwave>Series. Last year he released albums with ScienceNV (progressive rock), AmbientBlack (electronic space music), a collection of pop vocal tunes (The Discontented), and a website with video paintings (Living in the Village of My Dreams). He is currently scoring music for Mark Jackson's production of Miss Julie, scheduled to open at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley in five weeks.

Gary Friedman was born in 1934 and raised in University Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, Gary Friedman received his higher education at Antioch College, The University of Chicago (B.S. and M.D. degrees), and Harvard University (M.S. degree). His main career has been as a physician-epidemiologist. He worked in the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research for 30 years including 7 years as its Director. Since retiring from Kaiser Permanente in 1999, his current position is Consulting Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Friedman's musical education started with piano at age 5. He also played trumpet in junior high and high school and studied organ and music theory during teen age. Playing and improvising on the piano only occasionally during adulthood, he returned to music seriously at age 54, studying oboe and English horn with Janet Popesco Archibald. He currently plays these instruments in the San Francisco Civic Symphony, the College of Marin Symphony, the Bohemian Club Band and chamber groups. Starting at age 64, he studied composition for four years with Alexis Alrich in the Adult Extension Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His musical compositions, mostly chamber works, are described in his music web site www.garyfriedmanmusic.net.

Davide Verotta was born in a boring mid-sized Italian town close to Milano (Gallarate, one can Google-earth it), and moved to the much larger and very much more exciting San Francisco in his late twenties. He studied piano, and music, in Milano with Isabella Zielonka, Ernesto Esposito, and Giacinto Salvetti, and in San Francisco with Renee Witon, Peggy Salkind, Robert Helps, and Julian White. Composition is a more recent endeavor (with graduate studies at SFSU and UC Davis with Richard Festinger, Josh Levine, Kurt Rohde, and Laurie St. Martin), but it is little by little coming to dominate as his main musical interest. As a pianist he teaches, in his home and at the Community Music Center in San Francisco, and performs regularly in the Bay Area as a soloist, with multiple appearances at the Trinity Chamber, St. Timothy, Piedmont Piano, Chapel of the Chimes, and Lakeshore Presbyterian concert series. As a composer/pianist he studies the craft, performs his and others works (in particular, for the last three years, as a pianist with the San Francisco Composers' Chamber Orchestra), and writes for solo instruments, chamber, orchestra, and voice. Davide's interest in music is intertwined with a lifelong academic occupation in mathematical modeling of biological systems. Although this might generate the familiar reaction (Ah! Musicians and Math!), he admits that the relationship of music and mathematics still eludes him. Acoustic phenomena can of course be described, up to a certain point, using mathematics, but when it comes to music (how we organize those sounds) the suspicion is that 'math' can be as poor a descriptive tool as it is for literature, painting, or other art forms... this is just to say that, unfortunately, there is little connection between his two careers: those two main occupations do not talk too much to each other! More generally, Davide looks at music as a way to explore his self and his relationships with others, and to reflect on reality. It is a highly metaphorical way, which gives only hints, intuitions, and often, especially if one is honest, some surprising and disconcerting insights. It is a vague, mysterious, and sometimes confusing endeavor: a mirror of our life that might bring some light on it, or cast more shadows.

Lisa Scola Prosek, Composer, Librettist, Soprano, Pianist "A gifted local composer "The San Francisco Bay Guardian, 2008was raised in Rome, Italy, and graduated from Princeton University, where she studied with Edward Cone and Milton Babbitt, and privately with Lukas Foss in New York. During this time, Lisa studied singing with Margherita Kalil of the Met. After Princeton, Lisa returned to Italy, where she attended the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini, and studied with composer Gaetano Giani-Luporini. To date, Scola Prosek has composed two oratorios, and 5 operas, in Italian and English, including Satyricon, reviewed by the San Francisco Observer as a "Tour de Force" and featured on KRON TV; and Leonardo's Notebooks, in Italian, both of which premiered to capacity audiences, and were featured on NPR's West Coast Live.. The Contemporary Classical Music Weekly writes: "This composer's work is steeped in the Mediterranean world of gestures, writ both big and small. Her vocal writing references bel canto and the madrigal, and the instrumental writing, with its shadowy inner voices, has character and point. Intricate and highly expressive music. "Sequenza 21. Lisa Scola Prosek is the recipient of numerous commissions, grants and awards, including from the Argosy Foundation, for Belfagor, and from the LEF Foundation, Meet The Composer, The Hewlett Foundation, the Argosy Contemporary Music Fund, and the American Composers Forum for her opera Trap Door. Look for Lisa's new opera, Identity Theft, in 2010. Visit Lisa and her work on the web at lisascolaprosek.com, where video excerpts from Belfagor and Trap Door are posted.

Sheli Nan, composer, harpsichordist, pianist, teacher and author, is published by PRB Productions of Albany California and Screaming Mary Music of El Cerrito, California. She is the author of 2 books, "The Essential Piano Teacher's Guide" and "Bach the Teacher a Practical Approach to Teaching Bach from the Beginning", co-authored with the late Laurette Goldberg. Sheli's latest large scale works include "SAGA Portrait of a 21st Century Child", the opera for our time. SAGA is social commentary through a musical lens. Her new Symphony, "Signatures in Time and Place", will be performed under the baton of Martha Stoddard, by the San Francisco Composer's Orchestra this fall. "Absinthe avec mes amis", Sheli's new sonata for harpsichord and violin, will be preformed this holiday season along with the Brandenburg concertos, by the Ariel quartet and Bill Barbini. Sheli is a member of ASCAP and the consistent recipient of the Standard Awards panel for compositions and performance for the last 20 years. She is a member of the American Composers Forum and the New York Composers Circle. She is also a member of Early Music America, Music Sources in Berkeley, Ca., The San Francisco Early Music Society and she is program coordinator for WEKA; The Western Early Keyboard Association. Her many published articles on different aspects of the musical experience as well as information about Sheli and her books, cds and scores is available on www.shelinan.com

Martha Stoddard has held the position of Artistic Director of the Oakland Civic Orchestra since 1997. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University and a Master of Music degree from San Francisco State University, where she studied flute, conducting and composition. Her compositions have been performed by American Composer's Forum, on the New Directions Series of the Bakersfield Symphony, by the San Francisco Composers' Chamber Orchestra, schwungvoll!, the Community Women's Orchestra, Womensing, the San Francisco Choral Artists, and in the Trinity Chamber Concert Series and the New Music Forum Festival of Contemporary Music. Ms Stoddard teaches Instrumental Music at Lick- Wilmerding High School in San Francisco.

Loren Jones began experimenting with composition as a child. He spent his early years dividing his time between film-making and music, and some of his film work was periodically broadcast on local San Francisco television. Eventually choosing to pursue music instead of film, Loren formed and was part of several bands performing and creating different genres of original music. To this point largely self-taught, in the 1980's Loren returned to serious study to acquire greater depth musical education in order be able to create the kind of music that he had always been the most passionate about. Loren has studied with Tom Constantine, Alexis Alrich and is currently working with David Conte at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he is also a member of the chorus. His music has been performed by his own chamber group, by the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra, and by students and teachers from around the Bay Area. He has produced several recordings, worked in radio and film, including creating the sound track for an animated short which won a special Academy Award. His 2006 release, Woodward's Gardens, features two guitars, piano, flute, oboe, harp, and cello. He was the recipient of a 2007 Meet the Composer Grant. His project, Dancing on the Brink of the World, a fourteen movement piece for chamber orchestra and period instruments, on the history of San Francisco, has been an ongoing part of the repertoire of the past three seasons of SFCCO concerts.

Dr. Erling Wold is a composer and man-about-town. Last year saw the premiere of two large works, his Missa Beati Notkeri Balbuli Sancti Galli Monachi in St Gallen, Switzerland, and his solo opera Mordake for tenor John Duykers as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival. He is currently working on a personal autobiographical theater piece detailing his corruption and death with the help of James Bisso, which may never be finished, and on a more tractable violin sonata for the Denisova-Kornienko duo in Vienna. He is best known for his operas, including Sub Pontio Pilato, an historical fantasy on the death and remembrance of Pontius Pilate, a chamber opera based on William Burroughs' early autobiographical novel Queer, and his critically acclaimed work A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil, based on the Max Ernst collage novel.

Dan Reiter is the Principal cellist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Fremont Symphony and the Festival Opera orchestra. In 2007, the contemporary music ensemble "earplay" performed his trio for clarinet, viola and cello. At the Oakland symphonys Sound Spectrum series Dan recieved critical acclaim for his Pyramids, Canon and Raga, for 3 cellos and middle eastern drum. In 1997 he earned an "Izzy" award for his dance piece, Raga Bach D minor, for cello percussion and solo dancer Robert Moses. As arranger and performer, he has worked with Indias master musician,Ustad Ali Akbar Khan , on 2 recordind projects and the "Maihar" orchestra. In collaboration with his wife, harpist Natalie Cox, they have toured the U.S. performing his many transcriptions and compositions including a cello and harp sonata, a trio for flute, cello and harp, and a sonata for flute and harp.

Phil Freihofner has been a composing and performing member of SFCCO since 2004.

Erik Jekabson is a trumpet player and composer whose music draws from many different sources, but remains firmly rooted in the "third-stream" explorative west coast tradition. A Berkeley, California native, his music has been shaped by his time spent studying at the Oberlin Conservatory, playing professionally in New Orleans (1994-98) and New York (1998-2003), and by his recent completion of graduate studies in classical composition at the San Francisco Conservatory in 2006. Erik has toured with John Mayer, Illinois Jacquet, the Woody Herman Big Band and the jam-band Galactic, and has composed for film and dance projects. His solo album "Intersection" was released in the fall of 2003 by the Fresh Sound/New Talent label.

Jonathan Russell writes music for a wide variety of ensembles, from orchestra to chorus to rock band. His works have been performed by numerous ensembles, including the San Francisco Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Empyrean Ensemble, the new music bands FIREWORKS and Capital M, and pianists Sarah Cahill and Lisa Moore. Important influences on his work include Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Igor Stravinsky, Olivier Messiaen, Charles Mingus, Steve Reich, Guns N' Roses, Radiohead, Cornelius Boots, Ryan Brown, Ben Gribble, klezmer music, and free improvisation. Also active as a performer on clarinet, bass clarinet, and alto saxophone, Jonathan is a member of the heavy-metal inspired Edmund Welles bass clarinet quartet and the Balkan/Klezmer/Experimental band Zoyres. He also plays in, composes for, and is a founding member of the Sqwonk bass clarinet duo, and freelances in the Bay Area as a classical and klezmer clarinetist. Jonathan teaches Theory and Musicianship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, serves as Music Director at First Congregational Church, San Francisco, and is a critic for the San Francisco Classical Voice. He has a BA in Music from Harvard University and an MM in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His composition teachers have included Dan Becker, Elinor Armer, Eric Sawyer, John Stewart, and Eric Ewazen.

John Beeman studied with Peter Fricker and William Bergsma at the University of Washington where he received his Master's degree. His first opera, The Great American Dinner Table was produced on National Public Radio. Orchestral works have been performed by the Fremont-Newark Philharmonic, Santa Rosa Symphony, and the Peninsula Symphony. The composer's second opera, Law Offices, premiered in San Francisco in 1996 and was performed again in 1998 on the steps of the San Mateo County Courthouse. Concerto for Electric Guitar and Orchestra was premiered in January 2001 by Paul Dresher, electric guitar. Mr. Beeman has attended the Ernest Bloch Composers' Symposium, the Bard Composer-Conductor program, the Oxford Summer Institutes, and the Oregon Bach Festival and has received awards through Meet the Composer, the American Music Center and ASCAP. Compositions have been performed by Ensemble Sorelle, the Mission Chamber Orchestra, the Ives Quartet, Fireworks Ensemble, the Oregon Repertory Singers and Schola Cantorum of San Francisco.

Beeri Moalem is a violist, violinist, composer, teacher, writer. In addition to SFCCO, he plays with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, and Fresno Symphony. He teaches orchestra at Terman School in Palo Alto, and is a critic for the San Francisco Classical Voice. His other interests include mountain biking, travel, green technology, and computer games.

Allan Crossman has written for many soloists and ensemble. The North/South Consonance (NYC) recording of Millennium Overture Dance received a GRAMMY nomination in 2003; Music for Human Choir (SATB) shared Top Honors at the Waging Peace through Singing Festival; North/South recently recorded his FLYER (cello and string orchestra, with soloist Nina Flyer); and a recent commission is the piano trio Icarus, for the New Pacific Trio (San Francisco).

One of his many theatre scores, The Log of the Skipper's Wife, was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford and the Kennedy Center, with Crossman's music drawn from Irish/English shanties and dances. His music is the soundtrack for the award-winning animated short, X man, by Christopher Hinton (National Film Board of Canada). His work has been supported by such organizations as Canada Council for the Arts, American Composers Forum, and Meet the Composer (NY). Professor Emeritus, Concordia University (Montreal), he has also taught at Wheaton College, the Pacific Conservatory, and is presently on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His doctoral studies were with George Rochberg, George Crumb, and Hugo Weisgall at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brian Holmes is a physics professor at San Jose State University, specializing in the physics of musical instruments. He usually composes for voice or chorus. During the last year, he has completed commissions for the Peninsula Women's Chorus, the Peninsula Girls Chorus, Pinewood School, and Castileja School. His opera The Fashion God was performed last May by Fresh Voices VI; the song cycle Updike's Science will be performed by Lara Bruckmann as part of Fresh Voices VII later this month. Next weekend, the San Jose Symphonic Choir will perform two pieces of his in Palo Alto as part of a NACUSA concert; one is a premier.

Harry Bernstein has been involved in the Bay Area for many years as a composer, performer and teacher. He has written primarily chamber music, songs and choral music. He has studied composition with Jerry Mueller. Mr. Bernstein is co-founder of the Golden Age Ensemble, a duo presenting varied programs of instrumental and vocal music around the area. He is currently active with the SFCCO (flute), San Francisco's Civic Symphony, and Irregular Resolutions--a composers’ circle. He is an instructor at City College of San Francisco and teaches privately.

Katrina Wreede has been a professional symphony musician, a jazz violist, a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, a concert soloist, a belly dancer, a police fingerprinter, a non-denominational wedding officiant, a player of Tango Nuevo, Persian, Central European and Roma (gypsy) music and a composer for soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestras, film, and dance, sometimes collaborating with other artists to create works about social injustice. Her works are distributed by MMB Music and performed internationally, including "Mr. Twitty's Chair", now in it's 10th touring season with the David Parsons Dance Group.

Christopher Carrasco is a burgeoning young composer, hailing from the San Francisco bay area. He is becoming fairly well known throughout the Contra Costa and Solano Counties and has been commissioned by several schools in that area to write works for band and percussion ensembles, many of which have received awards. An expert in the fields of brass and percussion, Christopher toured for two years with the world champion Concord Blue Devils. A combination of this strong wind band and percussion background along with a passion for minimalist music gives his music its unique sound that can be described as Drum Corps meets Philip Glass.

Dr. Michael A. Kimbell is composer-in-residence and principal clarinettist of the San Francisco Community Music Center Orchestra directed by Urs Leonhardt Steiner. He studied composition with Robert Palmer and Karel Husa at Cornell University where he received his D.M.A. in 1973. He has written works for orchestra, piano, chamber ensembles, chorus and theatre. His orchestral works, which were premiered by the CMC Orchestra, include Rondino Capriccioso, Kritik des Herzens (also performed by SFCCO), Taklamakn, Night Songs, and Arcadian Symphony (which was also performed by the Mission Chamber Orchestra and won the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra Competition in 1998).

Jan Pusina's compositional career started in the 1960's while he was studying at U.C. Berkeley, with Four Songs on Zen Texts and Tape Composition #1. It continues today in the instrumental and electro-acoustic genres. His recent performances include Pink Wind, by the San Francisco Community Music Center Orchestra, and Furtive Assymptotes by the SFCCO. He has also recently produced a set of computer music pieces, available on request.

Ruby Fulton is a native of Northwest Iowa, she has studied composition at Boston University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Institute. Her music has been played in Boston, San Francisco, Cincinnati and London. Primary mentors include Elinor Armer, Dan Becker, Charles Fussell, Tom Benjamin and Chris Theofanidis.

Composer, conductor and bass trombonist, Frank Bunger has recently returned to California after performing as acting bass trombonist with the Auckland Philharmonia, in Auckland, New Zealand. Among his top honors: he was 1st place in the 2001 Zellmer Competition, the world's largest cash-prize awarding trombone competition; 1st place in the 1997 Eastern Trombone Workshop HS division competition; and 3rd place in the 2002 Lewis Van Haney competition.

David Sprung was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and grew up in New York City where he attended Stuyvesant High School and Queens College from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Music. After military service during the Korean War, he attended Princeton University, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Composition. His composition teachers included Vittorio Rieti, Luigi Dallapiccola, Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt. Boris Schwarz and Seymour Lipkin were his teachers in conducting. Mr. Sprung's career has been divided between education, performance and composition. He has been a professor on the faculties of Wichita State University, Sonoma State University and is Professor Emeritus of Music at California State University, East Bay. He is a well-known French horn performer, having played principal horn with a number of major and regional symphony orchestras, opera companies and festivals. Highlights have been his 35 year tenure as co-principal horn with the San Francisco Opera orchestra and as principal horn with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Wichita Symphony, San Francisco Ballet orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony and Opera and the Midsummer Mozart Festival. Mr. Sprung was music director and conductor of the Flagler Symphonic Society, Sonoma State Philharmonic and has appeared as guest conductor of the Wichita Community Theatre, Napa Symphony, CSUEB orchestra, and others.Davide Verotta studied piano in Milano (Italy) with Isabella Zielonka Crivelli, Ernesto Esposito, and Giacinto Salvetti. and in San Francisco with Renee Witon, Peggy Salkind, Robert Helps, Julian White; composition at SFSU with Josh Levine, at UC Davis with Kurt Rode, and, this coming year, Laurie San Martin. He performs regularly in the Bay area as a piano soloist, and for the last three years has played with the San Francisco Composers' Chamber Orchestra. He teaches piano in his home studio and at the Community Music Center in San Francisco.

Clare Twohy is an active performer and composer in the Bay Area and an alumna of The Crowden School and a former violin student of Anne Crowden,. She holds a B.M. in violin performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied violin with Camilla Wicks and composition with Elinor Armer. Clare is a long-standing member of the SFCCO, which performed her latest composition last November. Clare has attended summer festivals including the Music Academy of the West, Roundtop, and Bowdoin festivals. Currently, she has a private composition studio and is on the Musicianship faculty in the Preparatory division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

SFCCO Composers Biographies


Mark Alburger2

Mark Alburger Dr. Mark Alburger is the Music Director, Conductor and founder of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. Mark is an eclectic American composer of postminimal, postpopular, and postcomedic sensibilities. He is the Music Director of Goat Hall Productions / San Francisco Cabaret Opera, Editor-Publisher of 21st-Century Music Journal, an award-winning ASCAP composer of concert music published by New Music, Instructor in Music Theory and Literature at Diablo Valley College, Music Critic for Commuter Times, author, musicologist, oboist, pianist, and recording artist.

Dr. Alburger studied oboe with Dorothy Freeman, and played in student orchestras in association with George Crumb and Richard Wernick. He studied composition and musicology with Gerald Levinson, Joan Panetti, and James Freeman at Swarthmore College (B.A.), Karl Kohn at Pomona College, Jules Langert at Dominican College (M.A.), Tom Flaherty and Roland Jackson at Claremont Graduate School (Ph.D.), and Terry Riley.
       Since 1987 he has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, initially producing a great deal of vocal music with assembled texts, including the opera Mice and Men (1992), the crisis-madrigal collection L.A. Stories (1993), the rap sheet For My Brother For My Brother (1997), and the hieratic Passion According to Saint Matthew (1997).

Since 1997, Dr. Alburger has gridded and troped compositions upon pre-existent compositions ranging from world music and medieval sources to contemporaries such as George Crumb and Philip Glass. To date, he has written 16 concerti, 7 masses and oratorios, 12 preludes and fugues, 20 operas, 6 song cycles, 9 symphonies -- a total of 130 opus numbers and more than 800 individual pieces. He is presently at work on Waiting for Godot and Diabolic Variations.


Erling Wold2

Erling WoldDr. Erling Wold is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra and a prolific composer versed in a variety of musical styles and media. Recent performances include a Mass for the Dom Cathedral in St Gallen, Switzerland and a solo opera for tenor John Duykers. His opera Queer will be remounted next year, and he is working on a new secret theatrical project. While artist-in-residence at ODC Theater, he premiered his opera Sub Pontio Pilato, the Burroughs' opera Queer, and a restaging of his critically acclaimed work A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil, based on the Max Ernst collage novel. He is an eclectic composer whose teachers include Gerard Grisey, Robert Gross, Andrew Imbrie and John Chowning, but who has been called "the Eric Satie of Berkeley surrealist/minimalist electro-artrock" by the Village Voice. He composed the soundtracks for a number of Jon Jost films.

He has published technical and artistic articles in many publications, including IEEE MultiMedia, Proceedings of the ICMC, SIGGRAPH, the JI Journal 1/1, and the IEEE Transactions on Computers. He has five patents in musical signal processing, holds a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley and was a researcher in signal processing and music synthesis at Yamaha Music Technologies before cofounding Muscle Fish LLC, an audio and music software company.


Michael Cooke2

Michael CookeMichael Cooke is the Promotion & Fundraising Director of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra and a composer of jazz and classical music. This two-time Emmy and Louis Armstrong Jazz Award winner plays a variety of instruments: you can hear him on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, flute, soprano and bass clarinets, bassoon and percussion. A cum laude graduate with a music degree from the University of North Texas, he had many different areas of study; jazz, ethnomusicology, music history, theory and of course composition. In 1991 Michael began his professional orchestral career performing in many north Texas area symphonies. Michael has played in Europe, Mexico, and all over the United States. Cimarron Music Press began published many of Michael's compositions in 1994.

After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, he has been exploring new paths in improvised and composed music, mixing a variety of styles and techniques that draw upon the creative energy of a multicultural experience, both in and out of America. In 1999, Michael started a jazz label called Black Hat Records. The San Francisco Beacon describes Michael's music as "flowing out color and tone with a feeling I haven't heard in quite a while. Michael plays with such dimension and flavor that it sets (his) sound apart from the rest." Uncompromising, fiery, complex, passionate, and cathartic is how the All Music Guide labeled Michael's playing on Searching by Cooke Quartet, Statements by Michael Cooke and The Is by CKW Trio. His latest release, An Indefinite Suspension of The Possible, is an unusual mixture of woodwinds, trombone, cello, koto and percussion, creating a distinct synergy in improvised music that has previously been untapped. www.michaelkcooke.com


David Graves2

David Graves David Graves is the Coordinator of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. He has composed music for multiple genres, including "neoclassical," ambient, jazz, and rock. He has also scored music for film and theatre, including A Period Piece, performed in San Francisco and New York (1995-1998) and ICON: The Photography of Gordon Parks (2003), a movie by PCTV. In 2003 and 2005 he was a resident composer at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program where he was awarded the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellowship. Deciduous, a large-scale surround sound performance, was showcased in 2006's Soundwave>Series. He will be performing Human Street Textures, an electronic piece for moving AudioBus, in the Soundwave>Series this summer along with [ruidobello]. He is currently an Emerging Composer-in-Residence with the Berkeley Symphony.


Lisa Scola Prosek2

Lisa Scola Prosek Lisa Scola Prosek is the General Manager of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra and was raised in Rome, Italy, and began studying piano at the age of 4. After moving to the United States at the age of 11, Lisa graduated from Princeton University, where she studied with Edward Cone and Milton Babbitt, and privately with Lukas Foss in New York. During this time, Lisa developed a great love for the voice, and studied singing with Margherita Kalil of the Met. After Princeton, Lisa returned to Italy, where she attended the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini, and studied with composer Gaetano Giani-Luporini. To date, Scola Prosek has composed two oratorios, and 5 operas, in Italian and English, including Satyricon, reviewed by the San Francisco Observer as a "Tour de Force" and featured on KRON TV; and Leonardo's Notebooks, in Italian, both of which premiered to capacity audiences, and were featured on NPR's West Coast Live. The Contemporary Classical Music Weekly writes: "This composer's work is steeped in the Mediterranean world of gestures, writ both big and small. Her vocal writing references bel canto and the madrigal, and the instrumental writing, with its shadowy inner voices, has character and point. Intricate and highly expressive music." Sequenza 21. Lisa Scola Prosek is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including from the Argosy Foundation, for Belfagor, and from the LEF Foundation, Meet The Composer, The Hewlett Foundation, the Argosy Contemporary Music Fund, and the American Composers Forum for her opera Trap Door.


Martha Stoddard2

Martha Stoddard, Associate Conductor earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Humboldt State University and her Master of Music degree from San Francisco State University, where she studied flute, conducting and composition. She was named Program Director for the John Adams Young Composers Program at the Crowden Music Center in 2012 and has held the position of Artistic Director of the Oakland Civic Orchestra since 1997.She is Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra and Director of Instrumental Music at Lick-Wilmerding High School. Martha Stoddard Her most recent commissions includetoday's premiere and herTrio for Clarinet,Cello and Pianofor the 2009 San Francisco Chamber Wind Festival at the San Francisco Conservatory. She has held the position of Artistic Director of the Oakland Civic Orchestra since 1997. Other recent conducting activities include engagements as Conductor for the John Adams Young Composers' Orchestration Workshops at the Crowden School, Musical Director for the operasBelfagorandTrap Doorby Lisa Prosek, Guest Conductor for the San Francisco All City High School String Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Youth Symphony Summer Academy Orchestra. She has also served as an adjudicator for the San Francisco Conservatory of Musicand Santa Cruz Youth Symphony Concerto Competitions. Ms. Stoddard is founding member and director of ChamberMix, and is a featured performer on alto flute in John Bilotta's Shadow Tree(Capstone Records CPS-8787) and in John Thow'sCantico (Palatino label #1001) Marika Kuzma, conductor, and as conductorfor Janis Mercer's,Voices(Centuar Recordings, CPS2951).


John Kendall Bailey2

John Kendall Bailey John Kendall Bailey is an Associate Conductor with the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra and is Principal Conductor and Chorus Master of the Trinity Lyric Opera, Music Director and Conductor of Voices of Musica Sacra, and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Song Festival. In 1994, Mr. Bailey founded the Berkeley Lyric Opera and served as its Music Director and Conductor until 2001. Since then he has been a guest conductor with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Youth Orchestra, and Oakland Ballet, and music director and conductor for productions with North Bay Opera, Mission City Opera, Goat Hall Productions, Solo Opera, the Crowden School and Dominican University. From 2002-2006 he was the Chorus Master of the Festival Opera of Walnut Creek. Mr. Bailey is also a composer, and his works have been performed and commissioned in the Bay Area and abroad.

Mr. Bailey also maintains a busy performance schedule as a bass-baritone, oboist, and pianist, and has performed with the San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Oakland East Bay, Berkeley, Redding, Napa, Sacramento, and Prometheus symphonies, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Midsummer Mozart and West Marin music festivals, San Francisco Bach Choir, Coro Hispano de San Francisco, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, California Vocal Academy, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo, Baroque Arts Ensemble, San Francisco Korean Master Chorale, the Master Sinfonia, the Mark Morris and Merce Cunningham dance companies, Goat Hall Productions, Opera Piccola, the Berkeley, Golden Gate, and Oakland Lyric Opera companies, and many other groups. He has recorded for the Harmonia Mundi, Koch International, Pro Musica, Wildboar, Centaur, and Angelus Music labels.

Mr. Bailey has been a pre-performance lecturer for the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the San Francisco Opera, a critic for the San Francisco Classical Voice, a writer of real-time commentary for the Concert Companion, and has taught conducting at the University of California at Davis.


Rachel Condry2

Rachel CondryRachel Condry is the Booking Manager of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. She has spent her career commissioning, premiering and performing new works for solo clarinet, clarinet with tape and clarinet and orchestra. In the spring of 2005 she made her Carnegie Hall debut with The Matt Small Chamber Ensemble, a group that seamlessly blends jazz, improvised music and classical genres. As a performing member of the San Francisco Composer’s Chamber Orchestra, Rachel premiered the Cello Concerto of Thomas Goss on Bass clarinet in 2003 and in 2005 she premiered Erling Wold’s work “Brightness” for solo clarinet and orchestra. She has independently produced several concerts comprised of recent and newly commissioned work for clarinet and bass clarinet by Bay Area composers such as Earl Zindars, Erling Wold, Andrew Shapiro, Lisa Prosek, Janis Mercer, Jono Kornfeld, Melissa Hui, Alexis Alrich and others. Rachel received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory where she was a finalist of the Oberlin Concerto Competition and was a soloist with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble.


Davide Verotta2

Davide Verottar Davide Verotta is the Stage Manager for the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. He was born in a boring mid-sized Italian town close to Milano (Gallarate, one can Google-earth it), and moved to the much larger and very much more exciting San Francisco in his late twenties. He studied piano, and music, in Milano with Isabella Zielonka, Ernesto Esposito, and Giacinto Salvetti, and in San Francisco with Renee Witon, Peggy Salkind, Robert Helps, and Julian White. Composition is a more recent endeavor (with graduate studies at SFSU and UC Davis with Richard Festinger, Josh Levine, Kurt Rohde, and Laurie St. Martin), but it is little by little coming to dominate as his main musical interest. As a pianist he teaches, in his home and at the Community Music Center in San Francisco, and performs regularly in the Bay Area as a soloist, with multiple appearances at the Trinity Chamber, St. Timothy, Piedmont Piano, Chapel of the Chimes, and Lakeshore Presbyterian concert series. As a composer/pianist he studies the craft, performs his and others works (in particular, for the last three years, as a pianist with the San Francisco Composers' Chamber Orchestra), and writes for solo instruments, chamber, orchestra, and voice. Davide's interest in music is intertwined with a lifelong academic occupation in mathematical modeling of biological systems. Although this might generate the familiar reaction (Ah! Musicians and Math!), he admits that the relationship of music and mathematics still eludes him. Acoustic phenomena can of course be described, up to a certain point, using mathematics, but when it comes to music (how we organize those sounds) the suspicion is that math' can be as poor a descriptive tool as it is for literature, painting, or other art forms this is just to say that, unfortunately, there is little connection between his two careers: those two main occupations do not talk too much to each other! More generally, Davide looks at music as a way to explore his self and his relationships with others, and to reflect on reality. It is a highly metaphorical way, which gives only hints, intuitions, and often, especially if one is honest, some surprising and disconcerting insights. It is a vague, mysterious, and sometimes confusing endeavor: a mirror of our life that might bring some light on it, or cast more shadows.


Loren Jones2

Loren Jones Loren Jones is the Booking Manager of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. He began experimenting with composition as a child. He spent his early years dividing his time between film-making and music, and some of his film work was periodically broadcast on local San Francisco television. Eventuallychoosing to pursue music instead of film, Loren formed and was part of several bands performing and creatingdifferent genres of original music. To this point largely self-taught, in the 1980's Loren returned to serious study to acquire greater depth musical education in order be able to create the kind of music that he had always been the most passionate about.Loren has studied with Tom Constantine,Alexis Alrich and is currently working with David Conteat the San Francisco Conservatoryof Music, where he is also a member of the chorus.

His music has been performed by his own chamber group, bythe San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra,and by students and teachers from around the Bay Area.He has produced several recordings, worked in radio and film, including creatingthe sound track for an animated shortwhich won a special Academy Award.His 2006 release, Woodward's Gardens, features two guitars, piano, flute, oboe, harp, and cello. He was the recipient of a 2007 Meet the Composer Grant. His project, Dancing on the Brink of the World, a fourteen movement piece for chamber orchestra and period instruments, on the history of San Francisco, has been an ongoing part of the repertoire of the past three seasons of SFCCO concerts.


Alexis Alrich2

Alexis Alrich Alexis Alrich is presently living in Hong Kong but visits the Bay Area frequently. Her Marimba Concerto, which was presented by the SFCCO, will be played by the Plymouth Symphony in Plymouth, Michigan in 2009 with conductor Nan Washburn. Her piece Island of the Blue Dolphins was performed by the Santa Barbara Symphony on January 19, 2007. She attended an artists' colony in 2007, I-Park in Connecticut, where she wrote Fragile Forests II: Cambodia, next in the series after Fragile Forests I: California Oaks, which was premiered in December 2006 by the San Francisco Composers Orchestra. As one of the winners of a Continental Harmony grant from the American Composers Forum she has written a piece for chorus, orchestra and soloists for the state of Maine. Avenues, her first orchestra piece, was premiered by the Women's Philharmonic and has been played around the country. Her chamber compositions have been performed by members of the San Francisco ballet, opera and symphony orchestras and ensembles including Bay Brass, City Winds, the Ahlert and Schwab guitar and mandolin duo in Germany, the Ariel Ensemble, New Release Alliance and Earplay in San Francisco. Ms. Alrich is the director of the John Adams Young Composers program in Berkeley, California. This is an intensive training program for composers ages 9-18 in honor of and under the aegis of John Adams.