October 5, 2015 – San Francisco, CA
Lisa Oman joins San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.
On October 6, 2015, Lisa Oman will join San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) as its next executive director. Ms. Oman brings more than 15 years of leadership experience in nonprofit administration and 5 years of experience as Executive Director with a performing arts organization. She comes to SFCMP from her most recent work with the University of California, Santa Cruz where she held the position of Finance Director for the Humanities Department.

A trained trumpet player, Ms. Oman founded and managed as Executive Director, Composers and Schools in Concert, a nonprofit designed to expose and engage high school students in the concepts, techniques and skills underlying contemporary music composition. Ms. Oman is passionate about new music and brings a unique understanding of the value of contemporary music and connection between composers, students and teachers.
Ms. Oman said of her new appointment: “I am thrilled to join the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players – a venerable organization with a history of presenting thoughtful, relevant and forward-thinking programming. I admire the excellent musicians at SFCMP, the artistic programming of Dr. Steven Schick, the work of the contemporary composers, and the long history of the organization. I have a great passion for making contemporary music accessible for the next generation and look forward to building on the great outreach and education programs SFCMP already has in place.”
Board President Donald Blais welcomed Lisa Oman, saying, “Ms. Oman’s experience and passion for new music combined with her finance and management acumen make her a perfect fit for SFCMP. We are delighted to welcome Lisa and look forward to working with her.”

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Questions for Lei Liang

Posted by September 25, 2012

Lei Liang

As SFCMP prepares to perform Aural Hypothesis, we asked composer Lei Liang about the piece:

In the performance notes for Aural Hypothesis you mention that “the overwritten ‘cadenzas’ are meant to trigger improvisatory action and accidents,” and that what you prefer from the performer is “not deliberate details…but rather an explosive energy that threatens to destroy the overall balance of the composed work.” Certainly this seems appropriate for the piece given your description of contrasting calligraphy brushstrokes in the program notes as well as of shigaraki ware in the piano note, but is this kind of openness to the unpredictable and technique of “overwriting” despite anticipation of mistakes typical of your work? If so, what are your limits with regards to how much control you’re willing to relinquish or maintain?

Sometimes I write passages that are meant to be so challenging that it forces the musician to wrestle with it in live performance. Their difficulty level is not absurd, but rather attainable – or almost attainable. In fact, every detail should be realizable, and it should be rewarding for practice. It is a special feeling for me to experience the intensity of struggling to gain control.  I don’t think of it as relinquishing control – it is not about that. Rather, it is about the challenge of attaining, and gaining control in an intense moment. It is about the willingness to sacrifice the correctness of a few notes in order to channel the explosive energy. I find this struggle – and the mistakes that come with it – to be very human.

On a similar note, it’s very interesting that you would “overwrite” something which you expect not to be played exactly. That is, there’s an interesting tension between the specificity of notation and the acceptance and expectation of deviation from what you’ve written. Of course, with transposing instruments it’s common practice to notate in a way that to an extent directly contradicts what is actually heard, but it seems to me that in this piece you’ve discovered an interesting sort of variant on this idea of “transposition” which allows for deviation from the specific notes written based on a given performer’s own experience of reading the notation and interacting with the sonic results of your score. Since the cadenzas are so specifically notated, could you talk about how you chose exactly what notes to write in terms of the actual sonic results you desired?

I write these rapid passages very slowly, and I test them out with care to make sure that they are playable, and at the same time awkward – “awkward” in the sense that they pose real physical challenges to the pianist.  How rapidly and precisely can one play? How far can one’s fingers leap? What is a really “awkward” move that makes the passage challenging yet still musical?

The title of the piece is extremely interesting; the pairing of somewhat scientific terminology with an art form traditionally perceived as exceedingly subjective; the use of the word “hypothesis” suggesting conjecture and questions which anticipate results and thus discovery. There’s so much to think about before even hearing the first note. Could you talk about the title and your conception of the piece as a “hypothesis”?

Chou Wen-chung, the composer to whom this piece is dedicated, once made the remark that “music is calligraphy in sound, calligraphy is music in ink.” I have been intrigued by this remark, and by another one he asked me, “when is a line not a line?” Writing music is a speculative process for me. In this piece, I was trying to discover for myself whether there is a parallel between lines in ink and lines in sound. When is a melody no longer merely a melody? The second half of the work is really an effort to answer this question.

Aural Hypothesis will be performed on Thursday, October 25, 2012 (more information).

Lei Liang will be a featured panelist for Young American Composers and the Legacy of John Cage on Friday, October 26, 2012 (more information).

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Hrabba Atladottir

Posted by September 13, 2012

Icelandic violinist Hrabba Atladottir studied in Berlin, Germany with professor Axel Gerhardt and professor Tomasz Tomaszewski. After finishing her studies, Hrabba worked as a freelancing violinist in Berlin for five years, regularly playing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Oper, and Deutsche Symphonieorchester. Hrabba also participated in a world tour with the Icelandic pop artist Björk, and a Germany tour with violinist Nigel Kennedy. In 2004, Hrabba moved to New York, playing on a regular basis with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra among other orchestras. She also played with the Either/Or ensemble in NY in close collaboration with Helmut Lachenmann. Since August 2008, Hrabba has been based in Berkeley, California, where she has been performing as a soloist and with various ensembles such as The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, The Empyrean Ensemble, the ECO ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and New Century Chamber Orchestra. Since 2009, Hrabba is a lecturer in Violin at UC Berkeley.

Jeff Anderle

Posted by September 13, 2012

Jeff Anderle is a pioneer in the world of low reeds, helping to popularize the role of the modern clarinet and bass clarinet through his innovative and diverse performances, ensembles, and commissions.

He is a founding member of both Splinter Reeds, the Bay Area’s first reed quintet, and REDSHIFT contemporary music ensemble, as well as a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the Paul Dresher Electro/Acoustic Band. He is half of the bass clarinet duo Sqwonk, which has commissioned and premiered a significant body of work that infuses aspects of classical, folk and popular music into its own distinct style. As a member of the virtuosic, heavy metal bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles, he has been featured nationally at festivals and masterclasses.

Jeff is a founding co-director of Switchboard Music, a presenting organization which has featured hundreds of innovative musicians through its annual marathon and concert series. In addition, he makes regular guest appearances with a wide range of music institutions from orchestras to diverse chamber music ensembles.

Jeff teaches clarinet, bass clarinet, chamber music, and entrepreneurship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has given masterclasses across the country on these topics. He has been on the faculty at U.C. Berkeley and as a member of REDSHIFT holds a guest artist residency at California State University East Bay. He holds a M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles.


Tod Brody

Posted by September 13, 2012

Tod Brody (flute) is principal flutist with SFCMP, as well as local new music groups Earplay, Eco Ensemble, and the Empyrean Ensemble, with an extensive career that has included performances of numerous world premieres and many recordings. He is also principal flutist of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Sacramento Opera, and the California Musical Theater, and makes frequent appearances with the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet orchestras, and in other chamber and orchestral settings throughout the region. Active as an instructor, Tod teaches flute and chamber music at the University of California, Davis. In addition to performing and teaching, Tod is an active arts administrator, currently serving as Executive Director of the Marin Symphony. He has been a member of SFCMP since 2001.

Kyle Bruckmann

Posted by September 13, 2012

Oboist Kyle Bruckmann’s work as a composer and performer spans from the Western classical tradition into the frontiers of free jazz, electronic music and post-punk. With more than 60 recordings and a striking array of performance affiliations to his credit (Quinteto Latino, the Stockton Symphony, sfSound, Eco Ensemble, Ensemble Parallèle,the San Francisco Symphony, and others) he has been acclaimed as “a modern day renaissance musician,” and “a seasoned improviser with impressive extended technique and peculiar artistic flair.” Before relocating to the Bay Area in 2003, Kyle was a fixture in Chicago’s experimental music underground, collaborating regularly with electroacoustic duo EKG, the ”noise-rock monstrosity” Lozenge, and the Creative Music quintet Wrack (recipient of a 2012 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant). Bruckmann earned undergraduate degrees in music and psychology at Rice University, studying oboe with Robert Atherholt, serving as music director of campus radio station KTRU, and achieving academic distinction as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his Masters degree in 1996 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied oboe performance with Harry Sargous and contemporary improvisation with Ed Sarath. Kyle joined SFCMP in 2012.



Kate Campbell

Posted by September 13, 2012

Hailed as a “brilliant pianist” (Financial Times), Kate Campbell performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in 20th and 21st century music, and is at home with styles ranging from thorny modernism, to “sleek and spirited” minimalism, to indie classical.

In addition to her work with SFCMP, Kate is the co-founder and pianist of the interdisciplinary duo KATES, which intertwines new solo piano music with new dance. The duo has been featured at NYSoundCircuit, Dance Conversations Festival at the Flea Theater in New York, and Omaha Under the Radar. As the pianist in the contemporary ensemble REDSHIFT, this year she will continue a guest artist residency at California State University East Bay, premiering works by faculty and student composers.  Having recently relocated to the Bay Area, current freelance projects include performances with New Keys, Hot Air, the Garrett+Moulton Dance Company, and Switchboard Music Festival. She is also proud to be on the team of organizers for Omaha Under the Radar Festival, featuring new music, dance, and theater in her hometown. She can be heard on New Amsterdam Records.



Susan Freier

Posted by September 13, 2012

Susan Freier (violin) is known in the Bay Area beyond her SFCMP affiliation as a member of the passionate and provocative Ives Quartet (formerly the Stanford String Quartet), of which her husband SFCMP cellist Stephen Harrison is also a member. After earning a degree in Music and Biology at Stanford, Susan entered the Eastman School of Music where she co-founded the widely acclaimed Chester String Quartet. She has been a participant at the Aspen, Grand Teton and Newport Music Festivals, and has performed on NPR, the BBC and German State Radio. Formerly an artist-faculty member at the Pacific Music Festival, Music in the Mountains at Steamboat Springs and the Rocky Ridge Music Center, Susan is currently on the artist faculty of the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy and the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop.  Her recordings are on the Newport Classics, Stolat, Pantheon, Laurel, Music and Arts, and CRI labels. She joined SFCMP in 1993.


Chris Froh

Posted by September 13, 2012

Chris Froh

Percussionist Christopher Froh specializes in promoting and influencing the creation of new music through critically-acclaimed performances and dynamic lectures. Also a member of Empyrean Ensemble, Rootstock Percussion, and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Froh has premiered over 100 chamber and solo works by composers from 15 countries. His rich and diverse career also includes performances with the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall, Gamelan Sekar Jaya at the Stern Grove Festival, and session recording at Skywalker Ranch for a video game about monkeys and pirates. Chris has recorded with the San Francisco Symphony on SFS Media; as a soloist on Albany, Innova, and Equilibrium labels; and as a chamber musician on Bridge Records and Music@Menlo LIVE. As a soloist, he has appeared at festivals and recitals across Japan, China, Turkey, Europe, and the United States including featured performances at the Beijing Modern Festival, Nuovi Spazi Musicali, and Music@Menlo. He studied at the University of Michigan, Eastman School of Music, and Toho Gakuen Conservatory where he was a student of marimba pioneer, Keiko Abe. He teaches percussion and chamber music at UC Davis and CSU Sacramento.


Hall Goff

Posted by September 13, 2012

Lifelong “noisemaker” Hall Goff (trombone) gravitated from boy choir to trombone at age 12, absorbing all sorts of recorded sounds and musical styles from Dixieland, bebop, pop vocalists of the early 60′s to early Zappa, Chicago Symphony recordings, and comedy troupe The Firesign Theater. Hall obtained his B.A. from Oberlin and his M.M. at Yale School of Music, whree he was mentored by John Swallow and Otto-Werner Mueller. A former orchestra member in Italy’s Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto and The Macerata Opera Festival, Hall has been a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1977 and the Golden Gate Park Band since 2009. Goff has had the ongoing good fortune to play with many Bay Area ensembles of all sizes, as well as on various recordings and motion picture soundtracks, as well as in backing musical stars of opera, jazz, rock, and pop, from The Manhattan Transfer and Vic Damone to Glen Campbell, Bob Hope, and many others. Hall joined SFCMP in 1979.


Karen Gottlieb

Posted by September 13, 2012

Karen Gottlieb has been acclaimed by the Marin Independent Journal as “an artist who has something extra- the flair, the confidence that makes a mere musician into a star performer,” and cited by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “sumptuous and beautiful” harp solo. Her playing has been praised in The San Francisco Classical Voice as “expertly played” and in the San Francisco Examiner as “particularly impressive.” She is internationally recognized for her musicianship as an ensemble and solo player.

For more than 30 years, Ms. Gottlieb has performed, toured and recorded with such notable ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony – with which she is the recipient of multiple Grammy Awards, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Boys Chorus, California Symphony and the Skywalker Recording Symphony. In her touring with the San Francisco Symphony, she has performed in many of the world’s greatest concert halls including Royal Albert Hall, London; Musikverein, Vienna; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Philharmonie Berlin; and with some of the leading music festivals – Salzburg, Edinburgh, London Proms and Lucerne. Within the USA, she has performed in most of the major symphonic venues from Carnegie Hall to Disney Hall and performed under the directions of many of the leading conductors – Claudio Abbado, Herbert Blomstedt, George Solti, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo DeWaart, Erich Leinsdorf and Mstislav Rostropovich.

As a freelance artist, she regularly performs with many ensembles, especially enjoying her work in Contemporary music. These include The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, where she is principal harpist as well as a member of the Board of Directors, Opera Parallele, the Left Coast Ensemble and Earplay. Among the many leading 20th & 21st century composers, she has worked personally and in ensembles with Elliot Carter, John Adams, Lou Harrison, Phillip Glass, John Williams, Gunther Schuller, Jake Heggie, Alan Hovhaness, John Luther Adams & Witold Lutoslawski.

Not confined just to the classical symphonic world, she has also worked with many of the most celebrated of popular culture artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Linda Ronstadt & Michael Feinstein. She is the harpist for the Skywalker Recording Symphony, having recorded many of the major movie, TV and Video Game soundtracks, and served as principal harpist with the California Symphony (20 years) and the Cabrillo Music Festival (5 years). She has also appeared with other ensembles: SF Opera Orchestra, SF Ballet Orchestra, The Kirov Ballet Orchestra 1995 USA Tour, The Russian National Orchestra 2010 USA Tour and many of the Broadway Touring companies including A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, Ann-Margaret Show, Nine, Tap Dance Kid and Woman of the Year. For nearly 20 years she has worked with the San Francisco Symphony’s Education Department in their ‘Adventures In Music’ program, giving more than a hundred concerts each year in elementary schools in San Francisco.

Ms Gottlieb is also trained as a harp technician, servicing harps throughout the West Coast and Mexico. She is a member of the Technicians Guild for Lyon & Healy and Salvi Harps.

Ms. Gottlieb received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington in Seattle and her Masters in Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her teachers include Alice Chalifoux, Lynne Palmer, Pamela Vokolek, Marjorie Call, Marianna Oberascher and Linda Wood Rollo, including summer studies with Lucile Laurence and Susann McDonald. Ms. Gottlieb is sought after for workshops, master classes, and lectures to amateur and professionals alike. She is on the faculty of San Francisco State University and Mills College, Oakland and has also served as a substitute harp instructor/coach at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. She maintains a private studio for teaching and advanced coaching.

Karen’s CD can be found here.



Stephen Harrison

Posted by September 13, 2012

A very active cellist in the Bay Area and beyond, Stephen Harrison (cello) is a founding member (with his wife, Susan Freier) of the Ives Quartet (formerly known as Stanford String Quartet) and a member of the faculty at Stanford University. Formerly principal cellist of the Chamber Symphony of San Francisco, the Opera Company of Boston, and the New England Chamber Orchestra, Harrison has performed on National Public Radio, the BBC, and on both German State Radio and the Netherlands State Radio. Stephen has toured internationally and recorded on the Delos, CRI, New Albion and Newport Classics labels. Harrison has been on the faculty of the Pacific Music Festival and is currently an artist/faculty member of the Rocky Ridge Music Center. Most recently he has served as principal cellist of the Mendocino Music Festival, coached at the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop and performed at the Telluride Chamber Music Festival. He earned his degrees at Oberlin College and Boston University, where he received the Award for Distinction in Graduate Performance. He joined SFCMP in 1984.

Graeme Jennings

Posted by September 13, 2012

Violinist Graeme Jennings lives in both Sydney and San Francisco. He is a former member of the legendary Arditti String Quartet and now performs regularly as a member of Australia’s internationally renowned new music group, Elision. He has recently worked as guest concert-master with the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphonies and Associate Concert-master with the Sydney Symphony. Locally, he is a member of Adorno Ensemble. Graeme has served on the faculties of UC Berkeley, Mills College and Stanford Universities and now serves as a Senior Lecturer in Violin and Viola at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia. Jennings has toured widely throughout the world, made more than 70 CDs, given over 300 premieres, and received such accolades as the Siemens Prize (1999) and two Gramophone awards. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Radio, Austrian Radio, Netherlands Radio, French Radio, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony. He joined SFCMP in 2007.


Peter Josheff

Posted by September 13, 2012

Peter Josheff, clarinetist and composer, is a founding member of Sonic Harvest and of Earplay. He is also a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Empyrean Ensemble and the Eco Ensemble. He performs frequently with Opera Parallele, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and Melody of China, and has worked with many other groups including West Edge Opera, the Ives Collective, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Composers Inc., and sf Sound.

Peter has composed instrumental and vocal music, opera and pop songs, as well as music for dance and theater.

Crazed Loner, his singer/songwriter project, had it’s public debut in October 2016.

His latest work, The Dream Mechanic, Four Poems by Carol Vanderveer Hamilton, commissioned by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, will be premiered in February 2017.

His recent compositions include Big Brother (2014) for solo piccolo, premiered by Tod Brody with Earplay; Ground Hog Day (2014) for clarinet and string quartet, premiered by the Farallon Quintet; Europa and The Bull (2014), a chamber oratorio commissioned for and premiered at the Mary Holmes Festival at UC Santa Cruz; The Cauldron (2013), commissioned and premiered by tenor Brian Thorsett; Waiting (2012), commissioned and premiered by Earplay; Nautical Man Nautical Man (2011), an album of pop songs; Sutro Tower in the Fog (2011), commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Bernal Hill Players; Sextet (2010), premiered by Sonic Harvest; and Inferno (2008), a chamber opera produced by San Francisco Cabaret Opera in 2009.

Bill Kalinkos

Posted by September 13, 2012

Clarinetist Bill Kalinkos enjoys a diverse musical career as a member of critically acclaimed groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, Deviant Septet, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, and Splinter Reeds. Recognized by the Washington Post as a “notable contemporary music specialist,” he has been fortunate enough to work with and premiere pieces by many renowned composers. As an orchestral player, Bill is the principal clarinetist of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, a member of both IRIS Orchestra and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and he has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra.  Prior to his appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Missouri – Columbia for 2014-15, Bill served on the faculty of the University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley. As a recording artist, he can be heard on the Cantaloupe, Nonesuch, Euroarts, Naxos, Mode, Orange Mountain, Albany Records, and Deutsche Gramophon labels., Bill joined SFCMP in 2012.


Daniel Kennedy

Posted by September 13, 2012

Daniel Kennedy (percussion) is a specialist in the music of the twentieth century. A member of Earplay and the Empyrean Ensemble, he has been the founding member of contemporary ensembles including including the California E.A.R. Unit and the Talujon Percussion Quartet, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, India, Bali, and Japan. Described as a “subtly graceful soloist” by the San Francisco Chronicle, he has been featured in a solo role with the California Arts Council Touring Program, and has an extensive list of other concert appearances as well as recordings to his credit. He received his M.F.A. degree from the California Institute of the Arts and his D. M. A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mr. Kennedy, who has recorded widely, is both Instructor of Percussion and Artistic Director of the Festival of New American Music at California State University, Sacramento. Daniel has been a member of SFCMP since 1993.


Adam Luftman

Posted by September 13, 2012

Originally from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Adam Luftman is currently the Principal Trumpet of both the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet Orchestras. Prior to moving to SF in 2007, Luftman held positions with the Baltimore Symphony, New World Symphony in Miami, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has also been a guest artist with many of the countries finest orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony. During the summers, Luftman has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Mainly Mozart Festival, Sun Valley, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Spoleto Festival, Aspen, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.

In addition to his orchestral work, Adam has been a featured soloist with a number of orchestras and is a member of the National Brass Ensemble and The Bay Brass. He has recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, the National Brass Ensemble, for ESPN Sunday Night Football, and on many movie and video game soundtracks. Luftman is currently on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory, UC Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. He has presented masterclasses all over the country including The Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, New World Symphony, and Tanglewood. He is an honors graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He lives in SF with his wife Reva and daughter Riley.

Loren Mach

Posted by September 13, 2012

Loren Mach (percussionist) is passionate about 21st-Century music. A graduate of the Oberlin and Cincinnati Conservatories, he has premiered countless solo, chamber, and orchestral works. He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley and is principal percussionist of eco ensemble, principal timpanist of San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and co-founder of Rootstock Percussion. Mach often performs with the San Francisco Symphony and other local orchestras, but he prefers more intimate projects with groups like Empyrean, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Opera Parallel, Earplay, and sfSound. In recent summers he has performed at the Ojai Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Music in the Mountains. Mach was awarded a 2011 Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. He appeared in two full-length concerts at the 2014 Venice Biennale with eco ensemble, including a special performance of Nagoya Marimbas for Golden Lion lifetime achievement honoree, Steve Reich. Mach’s other passions involve our fundamental relationship to food as a form of communion with others and our interconnectedness with the natural world around us. An avid hiker, climber and cyclist, he cherishes time spent outside as an integral part of being alive.


Roy Malan

Posted by September 13, 2012

Roy Malan (violin) serves as solo violinist with the California Symphony and as and Opera Parallèle, and was the long-time concertmaster and solo violinist for the San Francisco Ballet. The founding director of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, he has an extensive career of performance domestically as well as in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and Africa to his credit. He is also widely recorded on the Genesis, Orion, and other labels, Roy was formerly a member of Porter Quartet, Stanford String Quartet, Ives Quartet, and the San Francisco Piano Trio, among others. Educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music under Yehudi Menuhin, he also attended Juilliard and the Curtis Institute, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian and Efrem Zimbalist (he authored the latter’s biography). Roy currently serves on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Cruz, plays locally with a string quartet, piano trio, and music festival engagements. He has been a member of SFCMP since 1976.


Lawrence Ragent

Posted by September 13, 2012

Lawrence Ragent (French horn) is a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and has been locally affiliated with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Sinfonia San Francisco and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. His performances on the Baroque horn have been with American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque, Magnificat ,and the Trinity Consort. An honors graduate of the New England Conservatory, he taught at Brown University and performed with the New England Ragtime Ensemble and the Boston Symphony before returning to his native California. Currently, Lawrence is on the faculty of Stanford University where he is also a member of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet. He joined SFCMP in 1981.


Sarah Rathke

Posted by September 13, 2012

Oboist Sarah Rathke maintains a busy and enthusiastic performance presence in Northern California and beyond, as a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras and a regular performer with the symphonies of Marin, Fremont, Santa Rosa, Vallejo, California, Berkeley, Monterey and Santa Cruz. She was a member of the Avenue Winds, a Bay Area woodwind quintet committed to new music, and has also has performed with various orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet. Born into a musical family in Alberta, Canada, and a lifelong new music enthusiast, Sarah received her B.M. from Northwestern University where she studied with Ray Still at  and her M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under John DeLancie. Rathke is a Professor of Oboe at UC Berkeley, and she joined SFCMP in 2012.