Percussionist, conductor and author Steven Schick (Artistic Director) was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. For the past thirty years he has championed contemporary percussion music as a performer and teacher, by commissioning and premiering more than one hundred new works for percussion. Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego and a Consulting Artist in Percussion at the Manhattan School of Music. He was the percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars of New York City from 1992-2002, and from 2000 to 2004 served as Artistic Director of the Centre International de Percussion de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland. Schick is founder and Artistic Director of the percussion group, “red fish blue fish,” and director of “Roots and Rhizomes,” a summer course on contemporary percussion music hosted at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2007 he assumed the post of Music Director and conductor of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, and is the first-ever Artist in Residence of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Schick was named Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in 2011.
photo: Bill Dean
Rozella Floranz Kennedy (Executive Director) has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, ranging from arts and cultural organizations to the ACLU. She began her career in media, working in editorial management roles at Paris Passion magazine, Mothering magazine, Oxygen.com, Time Inc., and other media institutions. She helped establish three nonprofit organizations in New Mexico, where she lived for the last 12 years: the NM Centennial Commemoration, Creative Santa Fe, and the nationally acclaimed Santa Fe New Music (SFNM). She co-founded SFNM and helped lead the organization to many accolades, including 100 performances, nine major commissions, 39 world premieres, five American premieres, and the 2010 Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Most recently, Rozella served as business development director for a national diversity organization providing opportunities to Native American students. An alumna of New York’s Brearley School, she holds degrees from Tufts University and the Université de Paris, Sorbonne. She is a published essayist. She and her husband, the composer and conductor John Kennedy, have two daughters and two dogs. Rozella joined the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in 2012.
Mason Dille (Program Director) has worked in a variety of California arts organizations, most recently as the Program Manager of the American Youth Symphony, a renowned pre-professional orchestra based at UCLA. He has produced concerts at major venues including Royce Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and taught string instruments in after-school programs at underserved elementary schools in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has performed and recorded as a cellist with ensembles and orchestras throughout California. Mason joined the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in 2010.