Carl Pantle

Artistic Director


Carl is a vocal coach/accompanist who frequently works with San Francisco Opera Center, West Bay Opera, Opera San Jose; and is an alumnus of the prestigious Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera. Carl studied voice and choral conducting at Brigham Young University and soon after returned to the Bay Area to pursue vocal coaching and accompanying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Carl is the Principle Accompanist for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and conducts one of their small ensembles, Vocal Minority. Carl can also be seen on Sundays conducting the Chancel Choir at the Congregational Church of San Mateo and is a regular soloist for the church. Carl is thrilled to be involved with OEBGMC and is looking forward to an entertaining and exciting concert season.

Lynden Bair

Principal Accompanist


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 (1999 – 2003)
Michael Carlson (2004 – 2006)
Brandon Adams, interim (2007)
Kathleen Hollingsworth, interim (2007)
Michael Robert Patch (2008 – 2011)
Stephanie Lynne Smith (2011 – 2012)
Jeremiah Selvey (2013)

Past Accompanists

Scott Stewart
Ted Pinkston
Wendell Frey
Ben Kiem (2007 – 2008)
John Lehrack (2009 – 2010)
Ted Pinkston (2010 – 2012)
Grace Renaud (2012 – 2013)