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Magen Solomon

Magen Solomon Choral Series

Active across the US and abroad as a clinician, teacher, and guest conductor, Magen Solomon has been Artistic Director of the San Francisco Choral Artists since 1995.  Dr. Solomon and SFCA have premiered over 240 choral works, performed at ACDA and Chorus America conferences, twice received Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, and released three CDs.  The ensemble has collaborated with nationally known instrumental ensembles including The Whole Noyse, The Alexander String Quartet, Veretski Pass, and others.  Champions of new music since their founding 30 years ago, SFCA’s Roger Nixon Living Music Initiative includes Composer-in-Residence, Composer-Not-in-Residence and Composer Invitational programs in addition to the New Voices Project (for composers under 30 years of age), and, inaugurated in the spring of 2015 “SFCA+1” to promote works for choir and one instrument.

Appointed as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Bach Choir in the fall of 2014, Dr. Solomon previously served as Artistic Director of the Stockton Chorale and Master Chorale, and for twelve years was Music Director of the Oakland Symphony Chorus.  From 2004 – 2010 she taught in the Choral and Sacred Music department at the University of Southern California.   She has also taught and conducted at Santa Clara University, Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

In addition, Dr. Solomon has directed the California Bach Society, Pro Coro Canada, UC Santa Cruz Chamber Singers and others ensembles.  She has collaborated on performances of major choral works with Michael Tilson Thomas, Nicolas McGegan, Helmuth Rilling, Kent Nagano, and Christoph von Dohnányi among others. 

She is editor of the “New Voices In Research” column in the Choral Journal, Chair of the ACDA Herford Dissertation Prize Committee, and has published an edition of Johannes Eccard’s “Newe deutzsche Lieder” (1578) with A-R Editions.

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