Commissions

Commissioned Original Works:

Title: Santos 
Music and Text: Gabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz
Composition Date: 2012 (part 1 Holy Sisters) 2013 (part 2 Santos)
Premiere Date: May 3, 2013
for SSSA, soprano, mezzo-soprano and orchestra
Length: 1 hour
Published by G. Schirmer

Title: Angel Island Passages (3 movements)
Music and Text: Chen Yi
Video: Felicia Lowe
Composition Date: 2010
Premiere Date: June 4, 2010 with Cypress String Quartet
for SSSA and string quartet
Length: 15 minutes
Published by G. Schirmer

Title: Just Imagine...
Arranged by Dwight Okamura
Music and Text: Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin
Composition Date: 2009
Premiere Date: June 5, 2009
for SSSA, cello and piano
Length: 9 minutes
 
Title: Christmas Morn
Composer: Eleanor Daley
Text: Eleanor Farjeon
Composition Date: 2008
Premiere Date: December 23, 2008
for SSAA and organ
Length: 5 minutes
Published by Alliance Music
 
Title: Two E. E. Cummings Songs
Composer: Augusta Read Thomas
Text: E. E. Cummings
Composition Date: 2008
Premiere Date: October 24, 2008

for SSAA (divisi) a cappella
Length: 8:02 minutes
Published by G. Schirmer. Live recording on Heaven and Earth CD

 
Title: Shim-Nyu Nul (For Ten Years)
Composer: Jeeyoung Kim
Text: Traditional Korean
Composition Date: 2007
Premiere Date: June 3, 2007
Length: 4:10
 
Title: A Hope Carol
Composer: David Conte
Text: Christina Rossetti
Composition Date: January 2006
Premiere Date: March 3, 2006
for SSSA and piano
Length: 4 minutes
Recorded 2006 on Voices of Hope and Peace CD
Published by E.C. Schirmer

Title: Vivos Voco
Composer: Joan Szymko
Text: Julian of Norwich and Latin inscriptions on medieval tower bells
Composition Date: February 2005
Premiere Date: May 20, 2005
for SSAA, piano and handbells
Length: 4 minutes
Funded by: Peter and Kathy Drake
Recorded 2006 on Voices of Hope and Peace CD

Title: Echo
Composer: Frank La Rocca
Composition Date: Summer 2004
Premiere Date: February 11, 2005
Length: 6 minutes for SSAA a cappella
Co-commissioned by: Stanford University Lively Arts Series and the San Francisco Girls Chorus with the support of Peter and Kathy Drake
Recorded 2006 on Voices of Hope and Peace CD

Title: Anne Frank: A Living Voice (7 movements)
Composer: Linda Tutas Haugen
Text: The Diary of Anne Frank
Composition Date: October 2002 for 1st movement; February- March 2004 for other six movements
Premiere Date: May 6, 2004
For SSA and string quartet
Length: 25 minutes
Funded by: Michael Gordon, Lauren Hoover-Gordon and Richard Rubin, Henry Kaufman for Vermeer Chocolate
Recorded 2006 on Voices of Hope and Peace CD

Title: Runes (2 songs)
Composer: Alice Parker
Text: Elizabethan poets: Anonymous and George Peele
Composition Date: January 2004
Premiere Date: May 6, 2004
Length: 5 minutes

Title: The Womanly Song of God
Composer: Libby Larsen
Text: Catherine DeVinck
Composition Date: August 2003
Premiere Date: October 2003
Length: 6 minutes
Published by: Oxford
For SSAA(divisi) a cappella
Recorded 2006 on Voices of Hope and Peace CD

Title: Natura
Composer: James Meredith
Text: Emily Dickinson
Composition Date: March 2003
Premiere Date: May 30, 2003 with Sonos Handbell Ensemble
Length: 8 minutes
SSAA/SSA (choirs) and handbells

Title: Caracolitos Chicos
Composer: Alberto Grau
Text: Lorca
Composition Date: January 2002
Premiere Date: May 17, 2002
Length: 5 minutes
Funded by: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
SSAA a cappella

Title: O Magnum Mysterium
Composer: Kurt Erickson
Text: Traditional Advent Text in Latin
Composition Date: 2001
Premiere Date: October 26, 2001
Funded by: Hewlett Foundation
SSAA(divisi) a cappella

Title: Patterns
Composer: Jake Heggie
Text: Amy Lowell
Composition Date: 1998
Premiere Date: May 24, 1999
Guest Artist: Frederica von Stade
Funded by: California Arts Council & Hewlett Foundation
Composer Jake Heggie Talks About Patterns

Title: Chinese Poems (5 movements)
Composer: Chen Yi
Text: Li Po, Wang Zhi-huan, and traditional Chinese folk songs
Composition Date: 1998
Premiere Date: May 24, 1999
Funded by: California Arts Council
Chinese Poems was recorded live in Davies Symphony Hall in May 1999. Two of five movements appear on Crossroads.
Published by G. Schirmer

Title: Letter to Anna
Composer: Lisa Bielawa
Text: Letters and dream work of Freud
Composition Date: 1998
Premiere Date: October 30, 1998
Funded by: Meet the Composer Participation Grant

Title: Songs of Then & Now (8 movements)
Composer: Andrew Imbrie
Composition Date: 1998
Premiere Date: 1998, Cal Performance series with San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
Funded by: Creative Work Fund grant
Recorded 2001 on Andrew Imbrie Songs of Then and Now

Title: Australian Bush Bird Songs
Composer: Stephen Leek
Composition Date: 1998
Premiere Date: June 12, 2000

Title: SING!
Composer: Larry Farrow
Composition Date: 1996
Premiere Date: October 25, 1996
Funded by: California Arts Council Challenge Grant

Title: Spinning Flax
Composer: Lisa Bielawa
Text: attributed to Melania the Younger, Mary Parsons, Charlotte Cadiere, St. Catherine of Siena, Anon. Patient
Composition Date: 1994
Premiere Date:June 4, 1994
Funded by: Meet the Composer Participation Grant
Length: 11 minutes
Published by: Boosey & Hawkes

Title: Too Young to Remember
Composer: Enric Zappa
Composition Date: 1994
Premiere Date: 1995

Title: Anithaca...The Island of the Daughters of Penelope
Composer: Elinor Armer
Text: Ursula K. Le Guin
Commission Date: 1990
Premiere Date: October 26, 1990
Length: 16 minutes
Funded by: The Gerbode Foundation

Title: Mera Musica Magica
Composer: Christopher Fulkerson
Text: scat syllables
Composition Date: 1990
Premiere Date: October 26, 1990
Length: 6 minutes

Title: American Madrigals (5 movements)
Composer: Kirke Mechem
Text: American folk songs
Arrangement Completion Date: 1989
Arrangment Premiere Date: November 4, 1989
Original Composition Date: 1976
Length: 15 minutes

Title: Songs of a Young Girl
Composer: John Geist
Text: Caryl Porter
Composition Date: 1988
Premiere Date: June 11, 1989
Length: 15 minutes

Title: Hodie
Composer: Lisa Bielawa
Text: Trad. Latin
Composition Date: 1984
Premiere Date: 1984

Title: Dreams
Composer: Herbert Bielawa
Text: San Francisco Girls Chorus members
Composition Date: 1984
Premiere Date: 1984
Funded by: Meet the Composer Participation Grant


Editions of Early Music:

Title: Venid presto flores
Composer: Anonymous, ed. Craig H. Russell
Text: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (sacred, Christmas)
Composition Date: Mexican Baroque, mid-18th century
Premiere Date: modern-day premiere, May 17, 2002
Length: 6 minutes
Funded by: Stratford-Wunderlich Family Foundation

Title: Jesus, mi dulce amor
Composer: Anonymous, ed. Craig H. Russell
Text: sacred, non-liturgical, Lenten
Composition Date: Mexican Baroque, 1767
Premiere Date: modern-day premiere, May 17, 2002
Length: 5 minutes
Funded by: Stratford-Wunderlich Family Foundation

Title: Montes y valles
Composer: Anonymous, ed. Craig H. Russell
Text: sacred, non-liturgical
Composition Date: Mexican Baroque, mid-18th c.
Premiere Date: modern-day premiere, May 17, 2002
Length: 8 minutes
Funded by: Stratford-Wunderlich Family Foundation

Compositions Written for & Premiered by (non-commissioned) SFGC:

Title: Rip Rap

Composer: Luciana Sousa
Composition Date: 2007
Premiere Date: October 20, 2007 at the Herbst Theatre performed by Chorissima Ensemble
 
Title: Four Songs for Girls Chorus and Electronic Tape
Composer: Judith Shatin
Composition Date: 1993
Premiere Date: October 28, 1994

Title: The Night Before Christmas
Composer: Ron McFarland
Text: Clement Clark Moore
Composition Date: 1991
Arrangement Premiere Date: December 14, 1991

Arrangements Written for SFGC:

Title: Ten Thousand Miles
Composer: Traditional American folksong
Arranger: Thomas Porter
Arrangement Composition date: June 2006
Arrangement Premiere date: October 20, 2006
for SSA div., fiddle and piano
Published by Alliance Music

Title: Cripple Creek
Composer: Traditional American folksong
Arranger: Thomas Porter
Arrangement Composition date: July 2006
Arrangement. Premiere date: October 20, 2006
Published by Alliance Music

Title: It's De-Lovely
Composer: Cole Porter
Arranger: Nolan Gasser
Arrangement Composition Date: 2005
Arrangement Premiere Date: March 18, 2005
for SSAA, piano, drums, and bass
Length: 4:52 minutes
Funded by: Peter and Kathy Drake

Title: Sachaki
Composer: Hebrew folksong
Arranger: Steve Barnett
Arrangement Composition Date: 1999
Arrangement Premiere Date: June 12, 2000

Title: In Noah's Ark, Suite No. 2
Composer: Ron McFarland
Text: Rumer Godden
Arrangement Composition Date: 1990
Arrangement Premiere Date: October 26, 2000
Original Composition Date: 1983 (by R. McFarland)

Premieres of Non-Commissioned American Works:

Title: Welsh Songs
Composer: Traditional Welsh songs
Arranger: Gordon Getty/treble version by Susan McMane
Composition Date: 2003
Premiere Date: October 2003

Title: Three Songs
Composer: Russell Burnham
Text: Emily Dickinson
Composition Date: 1993
Premiere Date: June 4, 1994

Title: Song Book - West Coast premiere
Composer: Joel Suben
Text: various poems in English
Composition Date: 1989
SFGC Performance Date: October 26, 1990

Title: Victorian Scenes
Composer: Gordon Getty
Composition Date: 1988
Premiere Date: May 11, 1992