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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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Easter Sunrise Service | Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Easter Sunrise Service | 0 comments

Easter Sunrise Service | Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

Back in 2009, Reverend Laurie Manning of the Skyline Community Church invited the Oakland East-Bay Gay Men’s Chorus to join her congregation for a rather spectacular event: Easter Sunrise Service at the top of Skyline Ridge. The only challenge was to convince a reasonable number of gay men with a fair distribution of voice parts to make it up that hill by 5:30AM. Oh yes, with an accompanist and an Artistic Director, too! Thus began an annual tradition, satisfying in so many ways to this UCC congregation, their guests, and the OEBGMC singers...

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A Prairie Homo Companion – A Parody of Everyone’s Favorite Radio Show

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Concerts | 0 comments

A Prairie Homo Companion – A Parody of Everyone’s Favorite Radio Show

Join the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus for the whimsical and witty “A Prairie Homo Companion”, a parody of everyone’s favorite radio show. Artistic Director, William Sauerland, crafts a show that highlights a diverse repertoire, from opera hits of Giuseppe Verdi and Sigmund Romberg to popular tunes of Anne Murray and Sandi Patty, along with some blues, bluegrass, and American folksongs. Classic radio drama-parodies are sprinkled throughout the show, including “Gay Noir, Private Eye,” “Days of Our Lives of the Cowboys,” and...

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Our Retreat at Walker Creek Ranch

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Retreats | 0 comments

Our Retreat at Walker Creek Ranch

Early this March, the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus took to the woods for our annual retreat, which has been held for the last few years at the beautiful Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma. More than just a series of intensive rehearsals, the retreat is a way for the chorus members to connect, to welcome our newer members, and to become more bonded. For the weekend, we all lived together like a family. The facilities were absolutely amazing. We all stayed in two-person rooms spread over three cabins across the ranch. We had everything...

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Board of Directors

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Meet the Team - Board | Comments Off on Board of Directors

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...

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