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We are Nearing the Holiday Season | Part 3

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

We are Nearing the Holiday Season | Part 3

This Year, Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus (OEBGMC) is working hard on some classic tunes that remind me of my roots. This is the third blog in my series, “Whatever happens or what may be, here is what Christmas time means to me…” My father was a musician, our neighbor was a dance choreographer, my mother loved the arts. I saw lots of dance and theatre when I was a kid, and I fell in love with the performing arts. Maybe it was the tights and the dance belts, or maybe it was the stories set to music and told by flowing arms, legs and jumps....

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We Are Nearing the Holiday Season | Part 2

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

We Are Nearing the Holiday Season | Part 2

This Year, OEBGMC is working hard on some classic tunes that remind me of my roots. As we sing in “Silver Bells,” “Whatever happens or what may be, here is what Christmas means to me…” Thanksgiving at our house always began the seemingly interminable Christmas Season. It began with the smell of turkey roasting on that often overcast Thursday morning. My grandmother cooked the Turkey in a roaster in her basement, and even though it smelled like it was freshly roasting, I was always pretty sure she had started it sometime around Halloween. Like...

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We Are Nearing the Holiday Season | Part 1

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

We Are Nearing the Holiday Season | Part 1

We are nearing the Holiday Season, a time, as the opening of the song “Silver Bells” says “makes you feel emotional; it may bring parties or thoughts devotional.” It may also bring music by your favorite chorus, Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus (OEBGMC). It’s not too early to get your tickets! This Year, OEBGMC is working hard on some classic tunes that remind me of my roots. As we sing in “Silver Bells,” “Whatever happens or what may be, here is what Christmas means to me…” The Holiday Season is one with mixed emotions for me. My family was...

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Julie Andrews Sing-Along With William Sauerland

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Concerts | 0 comments

Julie Andrews Sing-Along With William Sauerland

The sound of Julie Andrews is one of the most beloved in the history of musical theatre. A phenomenal star of stage and screen, Dame Julie is “practically perfect in every way.” Inspired by the enormously popular movie sing-alongs, join William Sauerland and a cast of friends, including Sara Ganz, Paul McCurdy, Jefferson Packer, Joe Rosenmayer, and the phenomenal pianist Brandon Adams for “A Julie Andrews Sing-Along” guaranteed to be a fun-filled evening of her most beloved repertoire including songs from The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, My...

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A Merry Little Concert

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 in Concerts | 0 comments

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 Saturday, December 9 Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, Clayton Valley Sunday, December 10 Freight & Salvage, Berkeley  * LIKE us on Facebook to get updates to stay connected...

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OEBGMC Gives Back!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Artistic Director | 0 comments

OEBGMC Gives Back!

Did you know that the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus uses part of all ticket sales for a community cause? For the Summer 2017 Concert, “Come Swing With Us,” the chorus Board decided to support a cause close to our hearts, and one with which we have partnered for more than three years, the music program at the Willard Middle School (Berkeley Unified School District) afterschool LEARNS program. This music program is run by member of Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, Billy Lawley (Bass), and this summer, I sat down with Billy, to discuss his...

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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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