Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St.
San Francisco CA 94102  
(415) 864-7326

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music educates exceptionally talented musicians from around the world to become artists of the highest caliber, as well as musical citizens prepared for the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Upcoming Events:
Friday, January 18 2019 4:00 PM
SFCMP Performances in the LABORATORY Series
Auto-Tuning Ives

4:00pm-5:15pm How Music is Made Program: Open dress rehearsal of "‘The Cage’ Variations" by Hearne followed by a composer talk hosted by Eric Dudley
6:45pm Pre-concert discussion with SFCMP Players
7:30pm Concert

In our "in the LABORATORY Series" we explore large-ensemble contemporary classical works that push the boundaries of the concert experience. This season, we explore several points of connectivity along experimentalist paths, laid down by composers all seeking to fuse a variety of music forms and personal experiences into multi-faceted sonic narratives. An epigrammatic song by Charles Ives serves as a jumping-off point for California-based composer Ted Hearne’s "‘The Cage’ Variations," a panoply of musical influence and memory that incorporates the work of numerous others in addition to his own. Pieces by Ingram Marshall, Molly Joyce, and Mark-Anthony Turnage join together in further exploration of the theme - sometimes in the direct interaction of live performers with pre-recorded sound materials from places across the globe. Bay-area native Timo Andres’ "Some Connecticut Gospel" draws another line back to Ives, rounding out the program with a different take on the notion of memory and that which has been left behind us. In accordance with SFCMP’s mission of encouraging and mentoring the next generation of new music performers, San Francisco Conservatory of Music students join the program as part of SFCMP’s education and professional development series.

Mark-Anthony Turnage, "Slide Stride" (2002) (West coast premiere)
piano, 2 violins, viola, cello

Ted Hearne, "Cages 1 & 4" from "‘The Cage’ Variations" (2014) (West coast premiere)
baritone, flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello

Molly Joyce, "Blue Swell" (2012)
solo violin + tape

Ted Hearne, "Cages 5, 9, 10" from "'The Cage' Variations" (2014) (West coast premiere)
baritone, flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello

Ted Hearne/Charles Ives, “The Cage” (Cage 12) (2014) (West coast premiere)
solo voice/piano

Timo Andres, "Some Connecticut Gospel" (2008) (West coast premiere)
flute/alto flute, bassoon, trombone, piano, violin, viola, cello, elec bass

Ingram Marshall, "Peaceable Kingdom" (1989)
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, keyboard, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass + tape

Ted Hearne, "By-By Huey" (2014)
flute, bass clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello  More...

Thursday, February 21 2019 7:30 PM
SFCMP Contemporary Music Master Class
Clinician: Kyle Bruckmann, oboe

In SFCMP’s Master Class series you will observe some of the most talented Bay Area pre-professional music students as they learn from our renowned ensemble members in front of a live audience. Students will perform contemporary classical pieces that were selected by them. The students perform the music while being mentored in the master techniques, skills, and style of contemporary music. This new music and percussion master class is led by SFCMP oboist, Kyle Bruckmann.

Free and Open to the public. Limited seating available.
An RSVP is not required, but it is encouraged to secure your seat.

ABOUT Kyle Bruckmann

Oboist Kyle Bruckmann’s work as a composer and performer spans from the Western classical tradition into the frontiers of free jazz, electronic music and post-punk. With more than 60 recordings and a striking array of performance affiliations to his credit (Splinter Reeds, Quinteto Latino, the Stockton Symphony, sfSound, Eco Ensemble, Ensemble Parallèle, and others) he has been acclaimed as “a modern day renaissance musician,” and “a seasoned improviser with impressive extended technique and peculiar artistic flair.” Before relocating to the Bay Area in 2003, Kyle was a fixture in Chicago’s experimental music underground, collaborating regularly with electroacoustic duo EKG, the ”noise-rock monstrosity” Lozenge, and the Creative Music quintet Wrack (recipient of a 2012 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant). Bruckmann earned undergraduate degrees in music and psychology at Rice University, studying oboe with Robert Atherholt, serving as music director of campus radio station KTRU, and achieving academic distinction as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his M.M. at the University of Michigan, where he studied oboe performance with Harry Sargous and contemporary improvisation with Ed Sarath. He now teaches at UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis. Kyle joined SFCMP in 2012.  More...

Sunday, February 24 2019 2:00 PM
Pamela Z will perform a new work composed for voice and electronics with chamber orchestra as part of the San Francisco Conservatory’s Beethoven Interpolations Event at San Francisco Conservatory of Music in San Francisco, CA USA  More...

Sunday, March 3 2019 4:00 PM
San Francisco Girls Chorus
Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Artistic Director
Kirsten Sollek, Contralto

The San Francisco Girls Chorus builds upon its award-winning commitment to music of our time with a concert featuring works from a group of luminary contemporary composers. Highlighted by the World Premiere performance of an SFGC commission from avant-rock and improvisational composer Fred Frith, the program includes music by American minimalist Steve Reich, film composer David Lang, jazz saxophonist John Zorn, and prominent Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. The chorus will be joined by contralto Kristen Sollek, who will make her SFGC debut as soloist in Vaughan Williams’ rarely heard Magnificat.


David Lang: I Live in Pain
John Zorn: Colombina
Steve Reich: Clapping Music
Fred Frith: World Premiere (SFGC Commission)
Kaija Saariaho: Horloge, Tais-Toi
Lisa Bielawa: The Cow Song from Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser
Kirsten Sollek, contralto
Vaughan Williams: Magnificat
Kirsten Sollek, contralto

SFGC's commission and world premiere performance of a new work by Fred Frith is made possible by generous support from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.  More...