Fundraiser – Every Voice Counts

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

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Management and Operations

The board of directors is proud to support the Oakland East Bay Gay Mens Chorus.  As an all volunteer group of individuals, the board supports day-to-day operations, fundraising, membership, production, community support and much more.

Executive Team

Lawrence Turner- President

Mr. Turner joined the chorus in 2010 as a volunteer and is now proud to head the Board of Directors.  His past board experience is varied including The Mount Laguna Water Association, Front Runners San Diego, The Lesbian and Gay Center of San Diego and AIDS Foundation San Diego.  In addition to being board president, Mr. Turner sings as a baritone with the chorus and, outside of the chorus, enjoys time with his family which includes two teenage children who you will frequently find “volunteering” for chorus activities.


Steve Hardy – Treasurer

Mr. Hardy sings Bass in the chorus.

Jeff Ray – Secretary

Mr. Ray sings Baritone in the chorus.

Board Members

Lawrence Turner – President
Steve Hardy – Treasurer
Jeff Ray – Secretary
Bill Peter
Steve Smith
Mel Terry

Past Board Presidents

Joe Oshinski (2000)
Kim Boyd (2001)
John Rogers (2002)
Eric Borgerson (2002)
Scott Stewart (2003)
Peter Dempsey (2004 – 2005)
John Niec (2005)
Richard Fairly (2006 – 2007)
Brad Niess (2008)
Peter Dempsey (2009)
Brad Niess (2010)
Mel Terry(2011)
Brad Niess (2012-13)

Principal Accompanist

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.

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.

photo credit: Shawn Northcutt

Giving to the Chorus

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.

Artistic Director

Artistic Director

William Sauerland

Artistic Director


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.