A Merry Little Concert

Tickets are now on sale for our 2017 Holiday Concert

Artistic Director William Sauerland creates an annual holiday festival with the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus.  Come kick off the holidays with us in one of three amazing venues:

Saturday, December 2
The Big Red Church, Fresno

Oakland East Bay Gay Men's Chorus - A Merry Little Concert - Sat., Dec. 3

Saturday, December 9
Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, Clayton Valley

Oakland East Bay Gay Men's Chorus - A Merry Little Concert - Sat., Dec. 9

Sunday, December 10
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

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Artistic Director

William Sauerland

Artistic Director

Our Artistic Director, William Sauerland, maintains a busy schedule of teaching, singing, and conducting. He is currently the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Chabot College and Artistic Director of the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco. He is a former Associate Music Director for the world-renowned Pacific Boychoir Academy, and served as Director of Vocal Music at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco. Recent solo appearances as a countertenor include the American Bach Soloists, Festival Opera Company, Folger Consort, Handel Opera Project, Long Beach Camerata Singers, Musica Angelica, and the Oakland Symphony Orchestra. As a former member of Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer, Mr. Sauerland has sung throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Sauerland received his Master’s degree in Advanced Vocal Performance from the Royal College of Music in London, and is currently a doctoral student in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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™.


Board of Directors

Gratitude through Community Service

The all-volunteer board of directors is proud to support the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s 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

Principal Accompanist

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