San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP) presents a 2019-20 Collaboration with San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Technology and Applied Composition (SFCM-TAC) Department.

A new collaborative initiative for side-by-side activity and mentorship with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, in partnership with San Francisco Conservatory of Music

What: A senior-year project for two SFCM-TAC students to compose for, workshop with, and receive a performance of their work by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

When: 2019-20 Academic Year. Workshopping takes place during fall semester, and final scores are due Dec 15, 2019. Concert will be held on Mar 27, 2020.

Who is eligible: SFCM-TAC 4th-year students.

Score Parameters: For  instrumental solo and electronics. Maximum duration 7 minutes.

Description: This is an opportunity for students to engage with the musicians of SFCMP by composing multimedia and/or electro-acoustic works for solo instrument, to receive readings and feedback in workshop sessions with SFCMP musicians, and to be selected for performance slots on SFCMP’s March 27, 2020 at the CROSSROADS concert series. The artistic leads for this effort are MaryClare Brzytwa, Executive Director, SFCM-TAC, and Eric Dudley, SFCMP’s Artistic Director.


Through the process, each student composer will discover new ways to relate to their craft, challenging them to listen critically, to rethink their musical habits, and to develop new ways to approach writing music with an emphasis on live acoustic instruments. The side-by-side experience encourages enjoyable and thoughtful collaboration between disparate musical disciplines and aims to foster relationships with the potential to last beyond the workshop sessions and concert performances.


SFCMP’s at the CROSSROADS Series, celebrates the work of composers with an established legacy alongside cutting-edge voices from across the generations. In the season of his 80th birthday, Dutch composer Louis Andriessen remains an enduring and influential voice for multiple schools of compositional thought, owing in part to his own ecumenical and self-reinventing approach. Elements of jazz, rock-pop and European High Modernism converge in his music to create a language both startling and familiar. Two of his more intimate and lesser-known pieces will anchor two programs that showcase the generational voices of New York-based Missy Mazzoli, and Puerto Rican-born Angelica Negrón, alongside the winners of SFCMP’s annual SF Search for Scores education program for composers under 30, who will write for duos of players drawn from the instrumental forces of one of Andriessen’s more recent multi-media works. The concert also features the generational voice and world premiere of a SFCMP commission by Australian composer David Chisholm, responding to the post-High Modernist and multimedia strains of Andriessen’s work with a piece to be structured as a series of micro-concertos for a collection of instruments on the lowest end of the registral spectrum, coupled with electronics and deriving its inspiration from the realm of film. To bring the generational portrait into the immediate present, this series includes two works from a collaboration with the Technology and Applied Composition department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music   


This side-by-side collaboration is open to all 4th-year TAC students at SFCM students who would like apply. Enrollment is based on assignment by MaryClare Brzytwa, SFCM, Executive Director, TAC.


Led by Artistic Director Eric Dudley since 2018, SFCMP plays an important role in the regional and national cultural landscape. The most long-standing, continually performing new music ensemble outside the East Coast, SFCMP uses performances, collaborative projects, commissions, and educational outreach activities to give audience members and participants opportunities to discover musical repertoire that is new to them – and to use these experiences as ways to better understand, interact with, and enjoy their lives and our world.

In addition to programmatic innovation, our performances are rooted in artistic virtuosity. Our 24 core musicians are among the Bay Area’s leading performers and educators. They are active as soloists and chamber musicians and leaders of several dynamic performance groups in California and beyond.

Now embarking on our 48th season, SFCMP’s work has greatly contributed to the art form and the new music sector. A recent award winner of the Fromm Foundation Ensemble Prize, a ten-time winner of the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, we have performed more than 1,200 new works by over 600 composers. Over 300 of these have been premieres, and we have commissioned some 80 new works from such composers as John Adams, George Crumb, 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.