From the very start, the San Francisco Contemporary Players have strived for as broad an artistic scope as possible. Through intersections with faculty composers at nearly all of the major institutions for musical training on the west coast – from the early connection of founder Jean-Louis LeRoux and Darius Milhaud at Mills College, to sustained relationships with the teaching communities at UC Berkeley, Stanford, SF Conservatory, UCSD, UC Davis, USC Thornton School, University of Oregon, and many more – the Contemporary Players’ mission has carved out an essential role in bringing work beyond the confines of academia, and helping to integrate the latest developments in contemporary music from composers of national and international stature with emerging communities of musicians in centers of learning.