About Us

“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 of the leading national and international artists of our time to San Francisco Bay Area audiences. 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 emerging composers and players.



The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP), a 24-member ensemble of highly skilled musicians, performs innovative contemporary classical music based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. SFCMP aims to nourish the creation and dissemination of new works through high-quality musical performances, commissions, education and community outreach. SFCMP promotes the music of composers from across cultures and stylistic traditions who are creating a vast and vital 21st century musical language. SFCMP seeks to share these experiences with as many people as possible, both in and outside of traditional concert settings.

SFCMP plays an important role in the regional and national cultural landscape as the most long-standing, continually performing new music ensemble outside the East Coast.

SFCMP was founded by Jean-Louis LeRoux, Marcella DeCray and Charles Boone in March 1971 and incorporated as a nonprofit in August 1974. Throughout its history, SFCMP has been led by six Artistic Directors and seven Executive Directors with continuous support and oversight by an active Board of Directors.