What We Do

“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 classical music performances to San Francisco Bay Area audiences of the leading national and international artists of our time. SFCMP expands and enhances the contemporary music repertoire by collaborating with composers on the interpretation, recording and commissioning of new works. SFCMP helps develop emerging audiences for this genre of music through the education and mentorship of local emerging contemporary music ensembles and their players.

Our professional ensemble, the Players, comprise artistically diverse musicians from the Bay Area who are devoted to the cultivation and outstanding performance of contemporary music.


The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) was founded by Jean-Louis LeRoux, Marcella DeCray and Charles Boone as “Bring your Own Pillow” on March 25, 1971 and incorporated as a nonprofit on August 14, 1974.

SFCMP is the most long-standing, continuously performing new music ensemble outside the East Coast. Over its 45 seasons, SFCMP’s work has greatly contributed to the art form and the new music sector. We have performed more than 1,200 new works by 560 composers. Nearly 150 of these have been premieres, and we have commissioned more than 80 new works by composers from around the world. SFCMP has been presented by leading cultural festivals and concert series in the San Francisco Bay Area region and beyond.