Staff

William Sauerland

Artistic Director

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San Francisco-based countertenor and educator, William Sauerland enjoys a varied career of teaching, singing, and conducting. Mr. Sauerland is currently the Artistic and Music Director of the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, Director of Vocal Music at Lick-Wilmerding High School, and Associate Music Director of the Grammy Award-winning Pacific Boychoir Academy.

Mr. Sauerland has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Recital appearances in the United Kingdom have included St. George’s at Hanover Square for the London Handel Festival, the concert series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and a special concert for His Royal Highness Prince Charles at St. James’s Palace. For two seasons he was a member of the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble, Chanticleer, and performed in over 150 concerts in many of the world’s most prestigious music venues, including the Vienna Musikverein, the Concertgebouw, Tokyo Opera House, and Disney Hall. He has performed twice on NBC’s Today Show, numerous times on National Public Radio, and recorded two albums with Chanticleer for Warner Classics™.
Recently Mr. Sauerland made solo debut appearances with the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the American Bach Soloists, and the Oakland-East Bay Symphony.  For his performance with OEBS, the San Francisco Chronicle provided, “Countertenor William Sauerland delivered a fluid, sumptuously shaped account of the ariaEsurientes implevit bonis, with limpid tone and astonishing eloquence.”
Mr. Sauerland received a Master’s degree in Advanced Vocal Performance from the Royal College of Music, under the auspices of a Marshall Scholarship. In collaboration with Professor Audrey Luna of Miami University, his current research focuses on kinesthetic exercises for teaching healthy singing in the voice studio and choral classroom.

 

Lynden Bair

Principal Accompanist

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Lynden is a pianist, singer, and actor who has worked for a variety of organizations, schools, and theater companies around the Bay Area.  Originally from Utah, he attended the University of Northern Colorado on a musical theatre scholarship.  He has been the Associate Accompanist for The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus since 2009 and has appeared onstage with them as a featured soloist as well.  Lynden is thrilled to be back with The Oakland/East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus after accompanying them for their performance at the national GALA festival in Denver in 2012.

Past Artistic Directors

Dick Kramer
Michael Carlson
Brandon Adams, interim
Kathleen Hollingsworth, interim
Michael Robert Patch
Stephanie Lynne Smith
Jeremiah Selvey
Carl Pantle

Past Accompanists

Scott Stewart
Ted Pinkston
Wendell Frey
Ben Kiem
John Lehrack
Ted Pinkston
Grace Renaud