SF Music Day FAQs

Below is our SF Music Day FAQ. If you are unable to find the answer to your question, please contact us at Music-Day@sffcm.org

What is SF Music Day all about?

SF Music Day was founded ten years ago to celebrate the Bay Area music community, and to encourage local audiences to explore and savor the diverse range of music being made in our region. Each year, the daylong festival presents dozens of ensembles performing a staggering array of repertoire, from Baroque and classical works from the canon, to contemporary compositions, innovative jazz, improvised, experimental, and electro-acoustic music. The artists span generations and backgrounds, from seasoned and world-renowned veterans to fresh new voices at the early stages of their careers.


SF Music Day has grown and thrived thanks to a host of presenting and collaborating partners. The first SF Music Day—then called Chamber Music Day­— was held in 2008 at Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco, and featured 16 local chamber ensembles. Subsequent festivals were held at Old First Church, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the deYoung Museum, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and most recently, at the War Memorial Veterans Building. In its ten year history, SF Music day has expanded to host about 35 ensembles each year, performing over a seven hour period for an audience of more than 2000 visitors throughout the day.

Programmatic Themes

One feature of SF Music Day has been the Field Report – a focus each year on one special corner of the local music scene, programmed by a guest curator or curators. Past Field Reports and programming themes have explored the Asian American Jazz movement in the Bay Area; the influence of Latin American music on diverse genres of chamber music; the history of the string quartet; the connections between improvised music and experimental film in the Bay Area; and the innovative ensembles circulating around San Francisco’s Center for New Music.


This year, in honor of the festival’s milestone year, InterMusic SF hosts Ten Years of SF Music Day: Reflections and Aspirations, a series of informal conversations led by area artists Paul Dresher, Tom Stone, and Anthony Brown, reflecting on the successes, struggles, and aspirations of the Bay Area’s contemporary music, jazz, and classical music communities.

What makes SF Music Day so special?

Unlike other concerts, you are free to come and go as you please, moving between spaces and creating a personalized program for the day. With its casual atmosphere, family-friendly activities, and food trucks just outside the venue, the event will delight new listeners and seasoned concertgoers of all ages and backgrounds.

What ensembles will perform this year?

The SF Music Day 2017 ensembles can be located [here], This year we will showcase a large span of musical styles, from early classical to jazz and avant-garde works.

Where is SF Music Day?

SF Music Day 2017 will take place in SF’s historical Veterans Building, located in the heart of San Francisco! The SF Music Day ensembles will perform concurrently throughout the day in the building’s four halls: Herbst Theater, Green Room, Atrium Theater, Education Studio

When is SF Music Day?

SF Music Day 2017 takes place Sunday, September 24th from 12:00noon – 7:45pm. Be sure to sign up to our eNewsletter so you can get all of the latest news and scoops as we get ready!

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