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Upcoming Auditions 2017

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Auditions | 0 comments

Upcoming Auditions 2017

Daniel Radigan Photography – http://www.danielradiganphotography.com Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus invites you to audition with us! If you (or someone you know!) have an interest in becoming a singing member we invite you to audition! We welcome all singers that sing in the Tenor/Baritone/Bass range. There is no need to prepare any music beforehand. Our artistic director and membership committee will guide you through the audition process. If you are unable to make it to the main auditions on August 29th you are welcome to...

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Thank You For An Amazing Summer Concert!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Blog, Concerts | 0 comments

Thank You For An Amazing Summer Concert!

Thank you for an amazing summer concert this past weekend, July 15 and 16 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. This concert included a few nice touches this time around – upgraded table seating with complementary wine or beverage, a fun and fabulous swing dance stage, and costume contest winners…congratulations! The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus would like to share a personal message from our Artistic Director, William Sauerland. From our Artistic Director  Thank you so much for coming to swing with us! I was really thrilled to...

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Artistic Director

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Meet the team - Artistic Director | Comments Off on Artistic Director

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...

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You’re Invited To Our Summer Concert!

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Concerts | 0 comments

You’re Invited To Our Summer Concert!

  The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus and City Swing cordially invite you to a fun-filled night of swing music and dancing at our summer concert, “Come Swing with Us”, with guest artist Leanne Borghesi!   Watch as Woody gets ready for his date with Wally, sure to be a night filled with toe tappin’, finger snappin’, hands clappin’ and swing dancin’!  We encourage our audience to dress up in 40s-60s era attire.  Not sure what to wear?  See costume ideas in the video, then pick out your outfit and get ready to dazzle us and participate in...

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Pride | Joey Raven

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Member Stories | 0 comments

Pride | Joey Raven

On June 6th, the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus took to the field to sing the Canadian and National anthems for Pride Night before the A’s game at the Oakland Coliseum. It was a truly amazing day, and indeed filled me with pride to walk down from the stands and belt out my love for where and when I live. This is the first year that I’ve celebrated Pride Month in any way, and so it’s the first time I’ve really felt a bit of the importance it has in the world. I don’t believe fear and hatred are more present in our society today than in the...

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Meet Bradley Connlain, our Guest Conductor for our Summer Concert!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Concerts | 0 comments

Meet Bradley Connlain, our Guest Conductor for our Summer Concert!

Since 1984, City Swing, an 18-piece big band, has dazzled audiences and dancers by bringing to life the sounds of big band jazz. Conducted by featured trumpet soloist Bradley Connlain, City Swing has cherry picked the best charts from the books of swing era greats like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and Glen Miller. In 1986, the band was honored to be declared the City of San Francisco’s “Goodwill Ambassadors” to the ‘86 World Expo in Vancouver, B.C., by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In 1988, City Swing performed at City...

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Swing History

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Concerts | 0 comments

Swing History

The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is pairing with City Swing to perform a Concert of Swing right out of the Great American Song Book. So, what exactly is swing? Swing is a quintessential 20th century American sound, and it reflects all of our nation’s joy and struggle. Swing is inherently intertwined with class, race, the Great Depression, World War II, and the nostalgia that looked back to those eras in the later 20th century.  Swing itself rose out of the 1920s African-American jazz scene of New Orleans, which influenced the jazz scene...

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Summer Concert 2017 Tickets

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Summer Concert 2017 Tickets

Come Swing with Us The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is proud to partner with City Swing to bring you Come Swing with Us – a night of lively music and dancing! Featuring special guest artist Leanne Borghesi, who joins the chorus to bring some beloved jazz and swing-era favorites to the stage! We encourage the audience to join the fun as we transform the Oakland Asian Cultural Center into a night club, complete with cocktail tables, thrilling big band music, and a dance floor to show off those moves! We encourage the audience...

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Behind the Scenes: In Writing The Skit For “A Prairie Homo Companion”

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Concerts | 0 comments

Behind the Scenes: In Writing The Skit For “A Prairie Homo Companion”

Six years ago, my Husband and I moved here from Minnesota, where Prairie Home Companion takes place and Garrison Keillor lives. I have seen the show live twice, and I listen to it most Sundays on my way home from church. Minnesota has embraced Prairie Home Companion as its own; there is a Lake Woe-Be-Gone State Park in central Minnesota; near our house in St. Paul was a bar called Chatterbox Pub; the show is broadcast live annually from the Minnesota State Fair. A radio variety show, which seems anachronistic, makes sense when the winters...

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New Member Story | Joey Raven

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Member Stories | 0 comments

New Member Story | Joey Raven

by Joey Raven 4/13/17 I’m proud to say that I’ve been with the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus for over seven months, about to perform my second set of concerts. It has been an amazingly rewarding experience, and for some time now I’ve been thinking about a way to express how important this chorus has been to me. Before I started singing with OEBGMC, I didn’t know many gay people (aside from myself). I found it pretty easy to feel disconnected from society. Watching the news, or seeing the inescapable political threads on social media,...

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