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A Celebration of New Wind Music
Wednesday, November 15 2023, 07:30 PM at Sol Joseph Recital Hall Map
Department Recital

A Celebration of New Wind Music

Wednesday, November 15 2023, 07:30 PM
at Sol Joseph Recital Hall Map
bassoon players in orchestra

This concert is part of the California Festival: A Celebration of New Music.

Please note: San Francisco will be hosting the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this week. Street and highway closures will cause delays in transit into and out of the SFCM area. Please plan accordingly in attending our concerts this week, as we do hope to see you in the audience! For those of you who cannot make it to the concerts, SFCM will be livestreaming most concerts for the week.


Departmental Recitals showcase performance departments through its students. Featuring various students and repertoire, and curated by the faculty, performances in this recital highlight SFCM programs and the wide range of study. 

Gary Powell Nash: Fanfare and Frivolity
Paul Welcomer, conductor
San Francisco Conservatory Brass Choir:
Filip Czarkowski, Conrad Smith, Caleb Brosnac, Jordan Ku, Aaron Rodriguez-Perez, trumpet
Yolanda Zheng, Seth Shumate, Adolfo Pena, Drew Patterson, horn
Carlos Reyes, Mason Chambers, Gary Jones, trombone
Shane Stewart, euphonium
Max Castor, tuba
James Nickell, Sean Swenson, percussion

Ryan Brown: Well Being (world premiere)
Nomad Session*:
Victoria Hauk, piccolo 
T. Colton Potter***, oboe 
Jon Szin, clarinet 
Kris King, bassoon 
Stephanie Rickar, horn 
Ari Micich, trumpet 
Christian Paarup, trombone 
Jonathan Seiberlich, tuba 

Marc Melits: Linear Induction (world premiere)
SFCM Clarinet Ensemble:
Jeff Anderle**, clarinet and bass clarinet
Caleb Rose***, Liam Cameron, Meli Everson, Zoe King, Kevin Lin, Jason Wilcox, clarinet
Jon Szin, Clayton Luckadoo***, bass clarinet

*Guest Ensemble
**SFCM Faculty
***SFCM Alumnus

Artist Profile

Nomad Session is San Francisco’s premiere wind octet. Bringing wind instruments to the forefront, Nomad represents members of every woodwind and brass family (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba) and is the first to use this instrumentation as a platform for a professional chamber ensemble. This hybrid ensemble of woodwinds and brass has caught the attention of some of the Bay Area’s most creative composers, and in the last year Nomad has commissioned seven new pieces for wind octet. Using the extreme versatility of their instruments, Nomad Session introduces audiences to a world of new musical opportunities by commissioning contemporary repertoire that further establishes the wind octet as a widely accepted chamber music genre.

In keeping with its name, Nomad Session started a series of Pop-Up Outreach Concerts where musicians “wander” around local parks and establishments in order to bring music to the community. Drawing large audiences throughout the Bay Area, recent pop-up performances have taken place in Golden Gate Park, Lake Merritt, Winter Walk SF in Union Square, Dolores Park, Bernal Heights, Castro Art Walk, and at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Most recently Nomad Session recorded the album VOYAGE with solo clarinetist Jeff Anderle that features Nomad Concerto by Jonathan Russell (commissioned by Nomad Session in 2020) and Black Dog by Scott McAllister (arranged for wind octet by Stephanie Rickard).

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Wednesday, November 15 2023, 07:30 PM to Wednesday, November 15 2023, 09:30 PM

About SFCM’s Woodwind Department

The Woodwind Department at SFCM houses a renowned faculty of San Francisco Symphony musicians and a bold, talented student body. Some of the world’s most accomplished woodwind artists challenge and inspire students who will become the next generation of great wind players. As an oboe, flute, clarinet, or bassoon student at SFCM, you’ll explore orchestral and chamber repertoire, contemporary music and canon literature—all while transforming your craft and preparing for life as a professional musician.


As of April 1, 2023, face masks will be optional and at personal discretion for all SFCM concerts & events.  Vaccinations are not required for visitors and guests to campus buildings and performances. Please visit SFCM's full Event Health & Safety policy to read more about our guidelines.