2021-22 Side-by-Side
in partnership with the
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Collaborate side-by-side with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players on experimental and contemporary repertoire by Alexander Schubert and Steve Reich

When: In concert, November 6, 2021, and in rehearsals during the week preceding.

Project Title: Professional performance opportunity: New music rehearsal and public performance with SF Contemporary Music Players.

What: A week of rehearsals and a subscription-series concert performance in side-by-side configuration with members of the award-winning San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

Personnel: We are seeking six (6) student instrumentalists at SFCM for performance on the following instruments (1 each): Flute, Piano (Schubert work only), Violin (2), Viola, and Cello.

Performing: HELLO by Alexander Schubert, and Eight Lines by Steve Reich.


SFCMP is offering a side-by-side winter term performance opportunity which is open to all students at SFCM who play the instruments in the above-mentioned categories. Registration for these opportunities will be on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to approval by SFCMP’s Artistic Director, Eric Dudley.




Join the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Bay Area’s largest and most longstanding contemporary music ensemble, for a week of rehearsals which will culminate in an evening performance on a professional, subscription-series concert. You will rehearse and perform the fascinating contemporary repertoire pieces HELLO by Alexander Schubert, and Eight Lines by Steve Reich. Both pieces will be performed alongside the Bay Area’s foremost contemporary music specialists, under the leadership of SFCMP’s Artistic Director, Eric Dudley. Learn more about this exciting performance opportunity at SFCMP.org


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

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


This side-by-side collaboration is open to all SFCM students who would like to apply, and enrollment for this year’s project will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

We are seeking six (6) students at SFCM to perform on the following instruments: Flute, Piano, Violin (2), Viola and Cello.

To apply, please enroll in Winter Term and sign up for the class.

Email Richard Aldag, SFCMP Executive Director, director@sfcmp.org  and Ryan Brown, SFCM Associate Dean, rbrown@sfcm.edu if you have questions.


On this year’s in the LABORATORY series, we encounter an array of works with electronic or visual components as the backbone of their compositional languages and concepts. Multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer Zeena Parkins starts the conversation with a work for solo cello, sound diffusion and fixed media, while student composers from SFCM’s Technology and Applied Composition program continue with new sonic avenues for solo instruments and electronic resources. Enfant-terrible Alexander Schubert enthralls with a visually-based reactive composition for flexible ensemble, where a film created by the composer as a window into his persona serves as the score for musicians to respond to in performance. SFJazz collective alumnus and SFCMP Creative Advisor Edward Simon delivers a work for chamber orchestra with himself as improvising soloist and a pre-recorded strand of electronically manipulated materials, in juxtaposition with the Minimalist strands of an early work by Steve Reich at his most contrapuntal that serves as inspiration for Simon’s musical intent.


San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) is a unionized large ensemble of virtuosic musicians based out of San Francisco, California who nourish the creation and dissemination of contemporary music through world-class, contemporary music performances, commissions, and community and education programs. SFCMP features the work of iconic and emerging composers while shining a spotlight on California artists. SFCMP performs the music of composers from across cultures and stylistic traditions. San Francisco Contemporary Music Players is the most longstanding, continuously performing new music ensemble outside the East Coast.

SFCMP is one of the most active ensembles in the United States dedicated to contemporary music and play an important role in the regional and national cultural landscape. SFCMP has contributed greatly to the art form: SFCMP is a 2018 awardee of the Fromm Foundation Ensemble Prize, and a ten-time winner of the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. SFCMP has performed more than 1,200 works by over 600 composers; Over 300 of these performances have been premieres, and the organization has commissioned some 80 major works from composers such as John Adams, John Cage, Earle Brown, Olly Wilson, Michael Gordon, Du Yun, Myra Melford, and Julia Wolfe. SFCMP has been presented by leading cultural festivals and concert series including San Francisco Performances, Los Angeles Monday Evening Concerts, Cal Performances, the Stern Grove Festival, the Festival of New American Music at CSU Sacramento, the Ojai Festival, and France’s prestigious MANCA Festival.