The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is a 50 voice gay men’s chorus that performs a wide variety of music, from Classical to Broadway, in three seasonal and numerous outreach performances every year. The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is the most active and well-known Gay Arts organization in the Oakland and East Bay region of California. Centrally located in Oakland, the chorus serves many communities, with members coming from all around the Bay Area.
Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus History
Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus began in September of 1999 when Dick Kramer set up a booth at East Bay Pride (Oakland) and recruited members to create a gay men’s chorus for the East Bay. The chorus made its first public appearance the following December at a meeting of The Lavender Seniors in San Leandro.
Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus solidified under the umbrella organization Pacific Center for Human Growth, and created a 3 concert season (Spring, East Bay Pride, Holiday). In January 2006, Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus became independent and acquired its very own 501(c)(3) status.
Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus takes pride in having a voice that reaches deep into the community. It has shared the stage with The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Chorus, Opus Q, Voices-A Lesbian Ensemble, The Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, The Women’s Rainbow Chorus, SDK (formerly the Bear-a-Tones), Out On A Clef and small ensembles from SFGMC. The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus has raised funds and donated concert proceeds to numerous community organizations including Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, P-FLAG Napa Chapter, The Rainbow Community Center, The Lighthouse Community Center, The Center for AIDS Services, The Pacific Center for Human Growth, Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Adopt A Special Kid (AASK), and Alameda Meals on Wheels. Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is proud of the work its members do and of the contribution they make to the East Bay community as well as to the Greater Bay Area.