The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (SFLGFB, Band) is proud to announce the selection of local composer Mattea Williams as the Band’s Composer In Residence for 2023 and 2024. This is the second phase of the SFLGFB BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) Commission Program. Williams will be composing several pieces as described below.
The first phase of the BIPOC Commission Program culminated on May 20, 2023 when composer Roger Zare’s commissioned work “Awakening” had its world premiere during the Band’s “Spotlight on the 70s” gala concert in Oakland. You can read more about “Awakening” and see the world premiere performance HERE.
First announced in 2020, the SFLGFB BIPOC Commission Program was created to increase the diversity of voices composing music for Wind Band. The Program was largely funded through generous individual donations made at the organization’s annual Dance-Along Nutcracker®, with nearly 700 individuals making donations. Long-time Board member and selection committee member Julie Williamson commented, “We were fortunate to identify not one, but two outstanding composers through the BIPOC Commission Program. When we learned that Ms. Williams was local to the Bay Area, the creation of the Composer In Residence program seemed like a win-win for everyone!”