About Us

The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP), is a unionized ensemble of twenty-four highly skilled musicians. SFCMP nourishes the creation and dissemination of new works through world-class contemporary music performances, commissions, and community outreach. SFCMP features the work of iconic and emerging composers while shining a spotlight on California artists. SFCMP performs the music of composers from across cultures and stylistic traditions who are creating a vast and vital 21st-century musical language.

Now in its forty-eighth year, SFCMP is one of the most active ensembles in the United States dedicated to contemporary music and plays an important role in the regional and national cultural landscape. The most longstanding, continually-performing, new music ensemble outside the East Coast, SFCMP has greatly contributed to the art form and the contemporary music sector. SFCMP is a 2018 award winner of the Fromm Foundation Ensemble Prize, and a ten-time winner of the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. SFCMP has performed more than 1,200 works by over 600 composers; Over 300 of these performances have been premieres, and the organization has commissioned some 80 new works from composers such as John Adams, John Cage, Mel Powell, Du Yun, and Julia Wolfe. SFCMP has been presented by leading cultural festivals and concert series including San Francisco Performances, Los Angeles Monday Evening Concerts, Cal Performances, the Stern Grove Festival, the Festival of New American Music at CSU Sacramento, the Ojai Festival, and France’s prestigious MANCA Festival.

SFCMP evolved out of Bring Your Own Pillow concerts started in 1971 by Charles Boone. Three years later, it was incorporated by Jean-Louis LeRoux and Marcella DeCray who became its directors. Across its history, SFCMP has been led by eight Artistic Directors and seven Executive Directors with continuous support and oversight by an active Board of Directors.

“There’s a reason why SFCMP is considered the Bay Area’s premier new music ensemble.” 
— Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle


San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) provides world-class contemporary music performances to San Francisco Bay Area audiences, featuring the works of iconic and emerging composers while shining a spotlight on California artists. SFCMP expands and enhances the contemporary music repertoire by collaborating with composers on the interpretation, commissioning, and recording of new works. SFCMP helps develop emerging audiences for this genre of music through the education and mentorship of emerging composers and players.