WomenSing is excited to announce that Dr. Magen Solomon will be our guest conductor for our Spring 2021 concert. Dr. Solomon is well-known in the Bay Area and beyond. She is a music scholar, a mentor to young composers, and the director of many university and community choirs. Since 1995, Dr. Solomon has served as the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Choral Artists. Under her direction, the SFCA has premiered over 260 choral works, and has performed at the American Choral Directors Association and the Chorus America conferences. The SFCA has twice received the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Since 2014, Dr. Solomon has also served as the Artistic Director of the 70-voice San Francisco Bach Choir, which specializes in Baroque and classical works, often in collaboration with professional period-instrument ensembles.
An innovative instructor and conductor, Dr. Solomon conducts in venues across the country and abroad. She has also been the Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University; and the Music Director of the Oakland Symphony Chorus, the Stockton Chorale and Master Chorale. More recently, Dr. Solomon directed Cal’s University Chamber Chorus. As guest conductor, Dr. Solomon has performed with the California Bach Society and Pro Coro Canada. She has also collaborated on performances of major choral works with Michael Tilson Thomas, Nicolas McGegan, Helmuth Rilling, Kent Nagano, and Christoph von Dohnanyi.
Dr. Solomon taught in the Choral and Sacred Music Department at the University of Southern California from 2004 to 2010. She has also taught and conducted at U.C. Santa Cruz, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College and the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Solomon earned a B.A. in Music at Oberlin College. She went on to study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Conducting. She is editor of the “New Voices in Research” column in the ACDA’s Choral Journal, and has published a scholarly edition of 16th-century German partsongs.
Please join WomenSing in welcoming Dr. Magen Solomon.