SFCMP Education Professional Development Side by Side

Professional Development for College Music Students
Call for Participation

Join the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) in rehearsing and performing John Zorn’s “Cobra” and Frederic Rzewski’s “Les Moutons de Panurge” led by Grammy-nominated SFCMP percussionist and frequent Zorn collaborator William Winant and coached by members of SFCMP.

These contemporary classical works are scored for any number of musicians playing instruments, and any number of musicians who are non-instrumentalists. “Cobra” and “Les Moutons de Panurge” consist of a system of detailed rules without a preconceived sequence of events. Led by a “conductor” (Winant), the performers are prompted to execute different instrumental techniques, sonic textures, or playing styles in various ensemble formations, resulting in a dynamic and often surprising real-time musical compositions.

Through the rehearsal process, each performer will discover new ways to relate to their instrument, challenging them to rethink their musical habits and to develop new ways to approach music making, both as an individual and as a member of an ensemble.

This side-by-side collaboration is open to college music students. We are seeking 12-15 performers that hail from every department, not just the classically-trained students – improvisers, non-improvisers, computer musicians, electronic musicians, classically trained musicians, jazz musicians, and vocalists.

We hope to encourage fun and thoughtful collaboration between disparate musical disciplines, fostering friendships with the potential to last beyond the concert performance.


The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players is the most longstanding new music ensemble outside the East Coast, and the largest new music ensemble in the Bay Area. SFCMP performs large-ensemble, innovative, and artistically excellent contemporary classic music.


January 16, 17, 18, & 19, 2018
January 19, 2018
4:00–4:30pm — Open Dress Rehearsal
4:30–5:30 pm — Composer Talk with composers Vivian Fung and Ryan Brown
6:30pm — Pre-concert discussion with SFCMP ensemble members
7:30pm — Concert


In partnership with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Contact info@sfcmp.org for more information