Newly appointed Artistic Director of the San Francisco Bach Choir, Dr. Magen Solomon has been Artistic Director of the San Francisco Choral Artists since 1995. Dr. Solomon brings a wealth of experience with university, professional and community choirs and many years experience as an innovative teacher and conductor. Under her leadership SFCA (a semi-professional chamber choir specializing in contemporary a cappella choral music) has premiered over 230 choral works, performed at conferences of Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association, been awarded the ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, and has released three CDs. The ensemble has collaborated with nationally known instrumental ensembles including The Whole Noyse, The Alexander String Quartet, Veretski Pass, Sonos Handbell Ensemble and others.
From 2010-2014 she 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 Dr. Solomon taught in the graduate and undergraduate programs of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She has also taught and conducted at Santa Clara University, Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Active across the US and abroad as a clinician, teacher, and guest conductor, Dr. Solomon has directed the California Bach Society, Pro Coro Canada, UC Santa Cruz Chamber Singers and other ensembles. She has collaborated on performances of major choral works with Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony), Nicolas McGegan (Philharmonia Baroque), Helmuth Rilling (Oregon Bach Festival), Kent Nagano (Berkeley Symphony), and Christoph von Dohnányi (Los Angeles Philharmonic) 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.