Executive Director (2017)
Cory Combs is an educator, lecturer, program director, bassist, and
composer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed with many
internationally known artists, recorded multiple CDs as a leader, and lectured
frequently on the intersection of arts and culture.
As a lecturer, Combs has presented at the Asian Art Museum, The Jewish Community Center,
SFJAZZ, Davies Symphony Hall, Herbst Theater, City College, San Francisco State University, the
Fullerton Museum, the Pacific Asian Museum, and on the radio program Forum. Combs has
performed on-stage interviews with numerous international performing artists, including Archie
Shepp, Toumani Diabate, Hiromi, James Moody, The Bad Plus, Kevin Eubanks, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, and Bobby McFerrin.
Prior to joining SFFCM, he directed the Outreach, Music, and Enrichment departments at the Nueva School,
a Blue Ribbon Award Winning K-12 school in Silicon Valley. Before his tenure at Nueva, Combs served as Director
of Education at SFJAZZ, the non-profit organization behind the San Francisco Jazz Festival. At SFJAZZ, he was part
of the leadership team that envisioned and executed the SFJAZZ Center. Previously he was Music Director at Waldorf
High School in San Francisco and taught music technology, performance and music history classes at schools
throughout the Bay Area. Additionally, Combs directed the jazz program at the American Festival of the Arts in
Houston, Texas. He continues to be an active lecturer, and guest clinician at colleges and high schools.
Combs earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music where he studied
classical music performance and composition.