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Lisa Oman is the Executive Director at San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. In this role, Oman leads the organization’s strategic vision, financial planning, and fundraising initiatives. In addition, she oversees artistic planning and directs the organization’s concert and event productions, media, educational initiatives and marketing and communications. She works closely with Eric Dudley, Artistic Director, the Musician’s Union, and SFCMP’s board of directors to oversee the continued development and execution of strategies that are in line with SFCMP’s overall mission.
Lisa is a seasoned financial and administrative leader for large nonprofit organizations. Before joining SFCMP, Oman managed the financial operations of the UC Santa Cruz Humanities Division. She began working in higher education in 2009 as Director of Finance and Administration at CSU, Sacramento overseeing the corporate accounting, information technology and risk management serving Associated Students, Inc, the University Union and WELL Corporation. Prior to working in higher education, Oman oversaw the daily treasury operations and cash flow of 6 regional offices and 35 local offices across the United States at The Trust for Public Land.
Lisa has served as founding director of two nonprofit arts organizations, a board member and Festival Co-Producer of Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival and is the founder of Composers and Schools in Concert a nationwide organization whose aim is to engage high school students in the concepts, techniques and skills underlying contemporary music composition.
Lisa has had the honor of being an invited speaker at music education conferences, has served as a leader of teacher professional development workshops, has participated in a variety of music-industry panels, has served as a consultant for start-up music ensembles, and served as a juror of grant awards for the Arts.
Oman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Gonzaga University, a professional certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts and a professional certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.
Lisa was appointed as SFCMP’s Executive Director in 2015.
Born in Toronto and raised in Connecticut, Eric Dudley leads a multi-faceted career as a conductor, composer, vocalist and pianist deeply engaged in the performance and creation of contemporary music. Since its founding in 2009, Eric has been a member of the genre-defying vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, touring worldwide and recording a wide array of newly commissioned works with the Grammy Award-winning ensemble. He moved to the Bay Area in 2016 to oversee the orchestra program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, becoming the next Artistic Director for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in 2017. Eric also serves as one of the principal conductors for the Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music in Australia, and recently led Roomful of Teeth and Ensemble L’Instant Donné in a production with Peter Sellars at the Paris Festival d’Automne.
While living in New York City, Eric conducted and performed with organizations as diverse as Ekmeles and TENET vocal ensembles, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Talea Ensemble, American Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Signal and the New York Philharmonic. He was an assistant conductor for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra under Rossen Milanov for several seasons, and some of his recent guest engagements include the Ojai Festival in California, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in New York and Finland, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia, and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.
A passionate educator, Eric was on the faculty of Mannes College of Music at the The New School in New York, where he directed the Mannes Prep Philharmonic and The New School Chorus, as well as leading the orchestra in concert and teaching the graduate conducting students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for the past three years. He has recently been appointed to an ongoing Artist-in-Residence position at the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
As a pianist and chamber musician, he has performed with members of Novus New York and the Cincinnati and Princeton symphony orchestras. His own music has been premiered and recorded by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Quey Percussion Duo, and by Roomful of Teeth.
Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music, and master’s and doctorate degrees in orchestral conducting from Yale, where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Prize. He lives in Walnut Creek, California with his wife Melanie and their infant son Ethan.