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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...

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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...

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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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Buy Tickets Now!

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

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...

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Principal Accompanist

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Meet the Team - Pianist | Comments Off on Principal Accompanist

Principal Accompanist

Lynden Bair Lynden 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...

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Fairy Tales 2016 Official Press Release

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Concerts | 0 comments

Fairy Tales 2016 Official Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DEC 6 2016 Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus 1.800.706.2389 manager@oebgmc.org FAIRY TALES 2016: A HOLIDAY CONCERT Musical Theater, light reception following concerts Oakland CA — Dec 6 2016 — The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus announces its Annual Holiday Concert 2016 titled Fairy Tales: A Holiday Concert. Join us as we journey through some of the best loved tales and visit some of your favorite characters. This family friendly concert combines classic tales with seasonal music that will fill audiences with...

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Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus Brings “Fairy Tales” to Lafayette

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Concerts | 0 comments

Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus Brings “Fairy Tales” to Lafayette

The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus performed the opening night of “Fairy Tales” at the Lafayette Christian Church on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30pm. A sold-out show, the audience was packed with eager attendees excited for the concert to begin. Pastor Steve Borgard welcomed the audience, introducing OEBGMC’s Artistic Director, William Sauerland. William took the stage and welcomed the crowd, requesting first a moment of silence for those affected by the tragic loss of life in Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire on December 2. Some...

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