October 5, 2015 – San Francisco, CA
Lisa Oman joins San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.
On October 6, 2015, Lisa Oman will join San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) as its next executive director. Ms. Oman brings more than 15 years of leadership experience in nonprofit administration and 5 years of experience as Executive Director with a performing arts organization. She comes to SFCMP from her most recent work with the University of California, Santa Cruz where she held the position of Finance Director for the Humanities Department.

A trained trumpet player, Ms. Oman founded and managed as Executive Director, Composers and Schools in Concert, a nonprofit designed to expose and engage high school students in the concepts, techniques and skills underlying contemporary music composition. Ms. Oman is passionate about new music and brings a unique understanding of the value of contemporary music and connection between composers, students and teachers.
Ms. Oman said of her new appointment: “I am thrilled to join the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players – a venerable organization with a history of presenting thoughtful, relevant and forward-thinking programming. I admire the excellent musicians at SFCMP, the artistic programming of Dr. Steven Schick, the work of the contemporary composers, and the long history of the organization. I have a great passion for making contemporary music accessible for the next generation and look forward to building on the great outreach and education programs SFCMP already has in place.”
Board President Donald Blais welcomed Lisa Oman, saying, “Ms. Oman’s experience and passion for new music combined with her finance and management acumen make her a perfect fit for SFCMP. We are delighted to welcome Lisa and look forward to working with her.”

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Posted by May 13, 2013

Amy Foote & SimantrasThursday, November 14, 2013
8:00 p.m.  |  Pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m.
YBCA Lam Research Theater

Tickets HERE

Featuring the London-based Russian composer Elena Langer’s Two Cat Songs (2010), for voice, piano, and cello sung by local soprano Amy Foote, and Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon’s 2010 work Timber – a percussive tour de force for six musicians playing amplified lengths of lumber. Based on the simantras used by Eastern Orthodox monks, these instruments will be custom-built for this performance.

“Beyond the ever-shifting rhythmic crosscurrents that give the music its vigor and hypnotic intensity, Timber also plays on tones unique to each plank…overtones hover and fuse, conjuring eerie moans and radiant coronas.” (Steve Smith, New York Times)