Board of Directors

Gratitude through Community Service

The all-volunteer board of directors is proud to support the Oakland East Bay Gay Mens Chorus.  Our board comprised of singers, friends of the chorus and community members is primarily responsible for the fiscal stewardship and well-being of this community-based arts organization in the East Bay. The board regularly participates in fundraising events, collaborating with other community organizations, providing guidance and overall direction for the strategic management of The Chorus and sets an example for our community by living our core values.

We create and maintain a bond of friendship and family by affirming individuality, mutual respect, and trust.

We uplift and support each other; we believe in and expect the best of one another, exercising patience, understanding, and empathy in our interactions.

We are accountable to ourselves and to each other. We are honest and forthright with our motives and actions, striving for excellence.

We believe in the reliability of each other, and commit ourselves to supporting and providing a safety net for those in need.

We embrace peace and overcome fear.  We create a space in which we are able to do more together than we could do alone.

We delight in sharing fun and laughter.

Giving Back
We foster social justice and oppose discrimination through inclusion and education.  We are generous in our support of local non-profit organizations.

2017 Board of Directors:

Jeff McEwen- President
Denis Whitaker – Vice President
Steve Hardy – Treasurer
Steve Smith – Secretary
Lawrence Turner
Jeff Ray
Bill Peter
Mel Terry

Buy Tickets Now!

Tickets are now on sale for A Prairie Homo Companion, the Spring Concert presented by the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus. “This shall certainly be one of the most entertaining shows you’ll find anywhere in the East Bay this Spring.” according to Lawrence Turner, former board president.

Under the direction of William Sauerland and featuring Principal Accompanist Lynden Bair, the chorus will sing and pay homage to the radio show formerly hosted by Garrison Keilor. Character sketches promise to charm and entertain anyone familiar with the original show.



Principal Accompanist

Lynden Bair

Lynden_BairLynden 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.

photo credit: Shawn Northcutt

Fundraiser – Every Voice Counts

Every Voice Counts

Fundraiser and Luncheon – September 13, 2014 – Scott’s Seafood, Oakland

Join the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus at our first annual fundraiser at Scott’s Seafood in Oakland. Enjoy a complimentary lunch while enjoying a performance by small ensembles. Learn more about how the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is a well-respected arts organization in the Oakland and East Bay, community and, serves the community by giving back.

Meet the new Music Director, Carl Pantle, and find out why he came to this chorus. Be one of the first to hear an announcement on how the chorus is giving back to the community like no other chorus in the area does.

When: September 13, 2014 – noon – 2:30 pm

Where: Scott’s Seafood Jack London Square- 2 Broadway, Oakland CA

Cost: $50.00

RSVP: send your rsvp to


Giving to the Chorus

The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus gives voice to a community where everyone matters. We are the largest and highest profile LGBT organization in the East Bay and we are more than performers; we are agents of change.

Each and every performance is an opportunity to bring together the entire LGBT community with its allies. We need your gracious help to make this possible.

As a contributor to the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, you can take pride in knowing that you are a valuable part of our mission and the powerful impact it creates in the community.